The Research Intelligence Community offers services, resources and tools to enhance research impact. It can increase the visibility of researchers and their scholarly outputs, optimise publishing strategies and evaluate research performance.
The University Library has a team of bibliometric practitioners who can advise on effective strategies for maximizing research impact, research evaluation metrics or research intelligence. Furthermore, the community engages in the development of new methodologies in measuring quality and relevance of research and its societal impact.
- awareness: advocating sensible use of metrics-based research assessment and analytics;
- best practices: guidance on learning about, locating, and applying bibliometric indicators to scholarly output;
- training: developing e-modules and instructions;
- advising: giving advice on publication strategies;
- increasing researchers' visibility: author ID's, including ORCID;
- supporting bibliometric analyses: for funding, and for reappointments, tenure, and promotion;
- developing and maintaining Research impacts: an e-course covering the three most used databases for measuring research impact: Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar;
- engaging in research projects:
- Quality and Relevance of Research in Law, Social Sciences and Humanities (with CWTS and EIPK)
- Research Intelligence project (with CWTS, EUR/ErasmusMC and TU Delft).
When using metrics for impact measurement, we suggest the following rule of thumb: if a researcher shows good citation metrics, it is very likely that this reasearcher has made a significant impact on the field. However, the reverse is not necessarily true. If a researcher shows weak citation metrics, this may be caused by a lack of impact on the field, but also by one or more of the following:
- working in a small field (therefore generating fewer citations in total);
- being an early career academic;
- publishing in a language other than English;
- publishing mainly books and/or in books.
Furthermore we adhere to the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics, ten principles to guide research evaluation.