The Metric Tide, a 2015 independent review into the role of metrics in research assessment, proposed five basic principles for the responsible use of metrics:
Metrics provide a valuable method to quantify the attention that research publications have received. Quantitative measures are only one method of measuring research impact. A combination of quantitative and qualitative data provides a more comprehensive picture of research activities.
A responsible approach to the use of metrics would be to consider:
The following three key resources outline some recommended principles and practices for the responsible use of metrics.
Wilsdon, J. (2016). The metric tide: independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management. Sage Publications. Cover image © JL-Pfeifer / Shutterstock.com.
Consult the funder positions in relation to which metrics are appropriate for the specific purpose, and how to use those metrics to demonstrate research impact and engagement. Funding rules may change from year to year.
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