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Being an influential researcher

As a researcher, you can increase your influence by ensuring that your present yourself and your research outputs effectively.  This section looks at the various ways this can be acheived and the tools we have at our disposal to increase our impact.

Responsible use of metrics in research assessment

It is important to understand the limitations of any metrics you use and to use them for appropriate purposes. For example:

  • citation metrics aren’t capable of measuring the broader societal and economic impact
  • metrics such as citation counts may be ‘quantitative’ but they are dependent on citation practices
  • metrics should only be used to support qualitative, expert judgement

Please read the University’s guidance on Responsible research metrics: a guide to research assessment and the use of quantitative indicators.

The Metrics toolkit is a great source of information about using metrics responsibly, including the limitations and use cases for individual indicators.

You may find the short video  useful: The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics from Diana Hicks on Vimeo. It describes 10 principles to guide the use of metrics in research evaluation and is a video version of the Nature paper: Hicks, D., Wouters, P., Waltman, L.,  de Rijke, S. & Rafols I. (2015). The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics: use these 10 principles to guide research evaluation. Nature, April 23, 520:429-431. doi:10.1038/520429a.