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Guidance on the responsible use of quantitative indicators in research assessment

  • 1. ROR icon American Society for Cell Biology
  • 1. Imperial College London
  • 2. ROR icon American Society for Cell Biology
  • 3. ROR icon Faculty of 1000 (United States)
  • 4. ROR icon Queensland University of Technology
  • 5. ROR icon eLife Sciences Publications
  • 6. ROR icon Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 7. ROR icon UK Research and Innovation


This document provides guidance on the use of several indicators (sometimes called metrics) used in research assessment: the Journal Impact Factor and other measurements of journals, citation counts, h-index, field-normalized citation indicators, and altmetrics. Five principles guide the use of these metrics: be clear, be transparent, be specific, be contextual, and be fair.



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