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Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."

Bibliometrics & Research Impact

Bibliometrics, or research impact, is a quantitative method of citation and content analysis for scholarly journals, books, and researchers. Bibliometrics can include citation metrics, download counts, journal impact factors, Tweets, metadata page hits, etc. While many of these metrics are useful for understanding research output, data and actual numbers can be wildly inconsistent. No single database gathers metrics on every type of publication which means that reports and records vary by discipline. There isn't a standard method for analyzing individual or institutional research output.

This guide will highlight some of the tools that are available for assessing certain measures of output and impact. 

Benchmarking & Visualization Tools