Beyond the Impact Factor: using metrics to help identify influential research

Code: LIB301 , Offered By: Research Study Skills

With an ever increasing amount of published research, it can be difficult to identify key publications and authors in your field.

Research metrics are tools that can help you identify highly-cited and highly-discussed research. You can use them to help discover topics, researchers, papers and journals which generate interest and attention within academia and beyond. Whilst metrics should always be used alongside qualitative judgements and are not an indication of quality, they can provide a useful insight into how research is shared, cited and discussed.  

This session will give an overview of metrics, and introduce a range of tools that can be used to find highly-cited and highly-discussed journals, authors and papers.

We’ll discuss the strengths and limitations of metrics such as the impact factor and provide guidance on how to use them responsibly.

This session is offered as a workshop or as an online webinar. Select your preferred option below.

If no sessions are available, you can watch a recording of the webinar here

Recommended For

This session will be most relevant to researchers from disciplines that publish in academic journals.

Aims Objectives

This session will introduce metrics tools that can help to identify influential journals, authors and papers.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • understand the benefits and limitations of citation and 'alt' metrics 

  • gain experience of using a range of metrics tools to help identify highly cited and highly discussed research outputs

Teaching Methods

Practical workshop with support from Library staff


There will be no formal assessment. We suggest you use the objectives and learning outcomes above to reflect on what you have learned in this session and record this in your DDP e-portfolio.

Other Information

This session is also available as part of LIB300: the influential researcher, so if you have been to this workshop in the past, or have already booked a place on it, there is no need to attend.

Watch a recording of the webinar  

More information on research metrics can be found on the Metrics Hub webpages


Staff Contact

Anthea Tucker & Oliver Allchin  


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