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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 296-309

Bibliometrics: tracking research impact by selecting the appropriate metrics


1 American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA; Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia
3 American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
4 Androfert, Andrology and Human Reproduction Clinic, Campinas, Brazil
5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel
6 Department of Medical Bioscience, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
7 American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA; Department of Life Science and Bioinformatics, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India
8 Andrology Solutions, London, United Kingdom
9 IVF Laboratory Instituto Universitario, IVI Valencia, Valencia, Spain
10 Department of Urology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
11 Texas A and M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Bryan, Texas, USA
12 Department of Animal Physiology, Slovak University of Agriculture, Nitra, Slovakia
13 Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA
14 School of Life Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
15 Department of Health Services, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
16 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
17 Department of Urology, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, USA
18 Department of Biology, Genetics Unit, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
19 Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Ashok Agarwal
American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1008-682X.171582

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Traditionally, the success of a researcher is assessed by the number of publications he or she publishes in peer-reviewed, indexed, high impact journals. This essential yardstick, often referred to as the impact of a specific researcher, is assessed through the use of various metrics. While researchers may be acquainted with such matrices, many do not know how to use them to enhance their careers. In addition to these metrics, a number of other factors should be taken into consideration to objectively evaluate a scientist's profile as a researcher and academician. Moreover, each metric has its own limitations that need to be considered when selecting an appropriate metric for evaluation. This paper provides a broad overview of the wide array of metrics currently in use in academia and research. Popular metrics are discussed and defined, including traditional metrics and article-level metrics, some of which are applied to researchers for a greater understanding of a particular concept, including varicocele that is the thematic area of this Special Issue of Asian Journal of Andrology. We recommend the combined use of quantitative and qualitative evaluation using judiciously selected metrics for a more objective assessment of scholarly output and research impact.


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