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, 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.
SciVal is a web-based research analytics solution that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of over 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. SciVal allows the user to visualize research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop strategic partnerships, identify and analyze new, emerging research trends, and create uniquely tailored reports. ALL USERS WILL NEED TO REGISTER WITH A USERNAME AND PASSWORD.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Bibliometric network visualization tool. Researchers may utilize data sets from a variety of sources and in various formats to construct networks, as well as visualize connections between researchers and institutions.