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Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to academia and society.

  • Academic impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes in shifting understanding and advancing scientific method, theory and application across and within disciplines
  • Economic and societal impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy, and its benefits to individuals and organizations. 

While there are many reasons to measure research impact, there has not been universal agreement on how to do so. Additionally, as methods of scholarly communication expand beyond the traditional journal article, existing metrics become less relevant. New metrics continue to be developed in attempts to improve upon existing measures.

Where you may need to highlight or demonstrate the impact of your scholarly work.

  • Preparing your promotion dossier.
  • Promoting the work of the institution.
  • For foreign scholars, completing requirements related to visas and permanent residency.
  • Applying for grants, and reporting on the activities of your funded research where you may be asked to identify "broader impacts of your work."
  • Applying for jobs, and updating your CV.
  • Identifying yourself as an expert outside of your academic peers (media, public, legislators, etc.). 

This guide is presented in two halves. First, we divide metrics by type: journal, author and publication level, as well as altmetrics. This section compares metrics platforms, discusses how metrics can be used by researchers, and highlights specialized tools. Second, we divide metrics by the major subscription platforms provided by the library: Scopus, Web of Science, and Dimensions. This section contains detailed guides of how to use the platforms and example searches. Much of the information in one half is duplicated in the other -- researchers do not need to read the entire guide.

Adapted from UC Berkeley and UCSD


Getting Started: ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID, pronounced like the flower) is an open, community-based, non-profit organization whose goal is to create and maintain a registry of unique research identifiers which allow your colleagues, institution, publishers, and funding agencies to link you to your work and distinguish you from researchers with similar names. 

Researcher Identifiers, also known as Digital Author Identifiers (DAI) or Scholarly Identifiers, are unique numeric codes that establish a unique identity for a given author or creator. Research Identifiers are becoming more important in today's scholarly and publishing systems because the number of authors and research outputs keeps expanding globally, challenging our ability to associate individuals with their works accurately and unambiguously.

Faculty Profiles

The ZSOM faculty profiles platform (, curated by our library staff, is now the place to find faculty on the ZSOM website. The profiles include contact information, academic appointments, publications, grants, photos, and narrative bios. The faculty profiles include publication listings from Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and Dimensions, and grant information from Dimensions and our internal database. The site also uses citation metric information from dimensions. This publicly available site facilitates discovery of faculty and potential research collaborations by name or keywords within their profiles.

Click here for instructions on how to submit a new narrative bio or update a current one.  

If you have any questions about the faculty profiles site, please contact or

From the Zucker School of Medicine Faculty Profiles site, you can view Citation Metrics and Altmetrics for each publication listed.

1. Go to

2. Search for a faculty member's name in the search box

3. Click on their name in the search results to view their profile.

4. On the top menu, navigate to the Publications tab

5. For every article with metrics information, badges in the lower right-hand corner labeled Citations and Am (altmetrics) will be visible. Click on each for more details.


If you would like help creating metrics reports for a researcher, lab group or unit, have questions about metrics or accessing the tools in this guide, or would like guidance on metrics not discussed in this guide, please contact:

Lena Bohman, Data Services and Research Impact Librarian,

Hofstra University

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