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Measuring Scholarly Impact: About this Guide

This guide will outline the pros and cons of impact factors, introduce you to some of the tools for measuring impact, and provide some tips and tricks you can use to create and manage your scholarly profile.

A Word About Tenure & Promotion

What "impact" do things like citation counts and scholarly profiles have on promotion and tenure?

Those are decisions made by each department or college on campus. 

Department chairs should be consulted to learn what is useful in your discipline. 

You might also consult colleagues who have recently been awarded tenure/promotion to see how they may have used some of these tools and which they found most helpful.  You'll need a selection of tools and those will vary by discipline. 




This guide will provide information on tools and techniques for measuring the impact of scholarship in a global research environment.