Category Archives: Metrics

“Measuring research: what everyone needs to know” – new ebook available

Want to know more about quantitative research indicators (a.k.a. bibliometrics) such as Journal Impact Factor, h-index or altmetrics? We have a new ebook in stock, containing thorough discussion of this field, the pros and cons of various indicators and the … Continue reading

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Investigating signing DORA in response to funder policy changes

Adopting a responsible metrics approach is seen as good practice across the research community. However, there is now an additional need for The Open University to sign up to an external responsible metrics statement, such as the San Francisco Declaration on … Continue reading

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Plan S – a primer

What is Plan S? Plan S is a radical proposal regarding open access (OA) to research publications. It was created by cOAlition S, a group of research funders co-ordinated by Science Europe. It includes UKRI (UK Research and Innovation), Wellcome, … Continue reading

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What are responsible metrics?

“Responsible metrics” refers to the ethical and appropriate use of citation-based metrics (e.g. citation counts, Journal Impact Factor, H-index), altmetrics (e.g. how many times research is mentioned, used, saved and shared on blogs, social media and social bookmarking services) and … Continue reading

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Learn about research metrics across disciplines with The Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit is a new resource that allows you to learn more about a wide variety of research metrics (a.k.a quantitative research indicators). It will also help you decide which ones to use in particular cases, according to the … Continue reading

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July ORO downloads – how do people get to ORO?

This is second of three posts looking at the benefits and functions of the institutional repository through the lens of the top monthly downloads.  This post looks at the different ways people get to the Open Access papers in ORO. … Continue reading

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Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators

We have written some Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators (the preferred term for metrics/bibliometrics). This outlines our approach to such indicators, representing current good practice and acting as a guide for future activities. We believe that this … Continue reading

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Web of Science

Web of Science is a renowned abstract and citation database. It has wide coverage and facilitates analysis of its content, which can help identify links between past and current research, between collaborators or between funding and research impact, for example. It is well-known … Continue reading

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Scopus – a large abstract and citation database for research

Scopus is a large, multi-disciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Here are just a few of the features that make it worth considering as a researcher: It has a lot of content … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Repository Downloads

The download data of Open Access content in ORO can tell some fascinating stories, the counts from December and January are no exception… it really is amazing what you can discover with a bit of digging! The first one that … Continue reading

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