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Research metrics

Information and resources to demonstrate impact using research metrics.

What can be benchmarked?

Benchmarking is comparing two or more entities across different measures or metrics.

Entities can include individual researchers or group of researchers, institutions, group of institutions, geographic regions, and research or topic areas.

These entities can be compared using a range of research metrics such as field normalised citation impact, number of publications, average citations, percentage of collaboration, percentage of publications in high ranking journals etc.


  • Compare a researcher to all researchers in a topic or research area using average citations or percentage international collaboration
  • Compare a researcher to other researchers or group of researchers using h-index or average citations
  • Compare different universities percentage of publications in Q1 ranked journals
  • Compare an institution to a country or geographical region across United Nations SDG goals

Why use benchmarking metrics?

Benchmarking metrics may be used to:

  • demonstrate relative research productivity and performance against a range of research metrics and over time
  • demonstrate research performance against peers
  • benchmark globally against other researchers and other institutions  
  • showcase research strengths and discover opportunities

This may be useful when demonstrating performance when applying for grants and promotions or reporting on institutional performance.

Benchmarking metrics tools

Some of the more commonly used tools for benchmarking metrics include: