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Research Services: Research Impact




In the digital and/or publishing world, every activity or engagement with a research or creative work product or its record can be measured in a multitude of ways. These measurements and their analysis can include citation behaviour and modalities of social, media and network dissemination and sharing. Types of metric analysis include article, author, journal and alternative metrics. Researchers should be aware of the principles and limitations of common metrics, appropriate use and how they can be misused. 

SciVal is the citation analytics tool used for institutional benchmarking at the University of Manitoba.

How do the Libraries support Research Impact?

Metrics (Bibliometrics and Altmetrics)

A guide to the definitions, best practices and resources of 'traditional' research metrics or bibliometrics, such as impact factor, and times cited, and new, digital metrics known as 'altmetrics', such as page downloads, tweet counts, and Mendeley saves. 


Institutional Benchmarking

Through the Office of Research Services, the University of Manitoba subscribes to SciVal, a scholarly activity analytics software for group or institutional benchmarking. Access to SciVal is available via an individual's (free) Elsevier account. 


Impact & Engagement Consultation

Arrange to meet with a Librarian for assistance on setting up a group in, and navigating SciVal; instruction and resources on bibliometrics and altmetrics.