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Author Metrics

An author's research impact on their field or discipline is measured using their publication counts and citation counts. The calculation will depend on the tool used. No one metric can capture all citations or "impact," and early career researchers are disadvantaged.

Author level research metrics include the following common indicators. Click the links to learn more:

Name ambiguity is a big issue when collecting author level research metrics. Author profiles can be used to help distinguish researchers from one another.