Understanding the true value of a scholar’s research and output is no small feat. Although it’s fairly straightforward to track the number of publications or total dollar amount of awarded funding, it can be a greater challenge to assess the reach of scholarly efforts and determine how others are utilizing the research results. Metrics for assessing research performance, quality, and impact cover a wide range of the scholarly ecosystem and are used for a variety of purposes: individual career planning, promotion, and tenure; benchmarking to track group or institutional performance; marketing and strategic planning purposes; and reporting research outcomes to the public.
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