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Research metrics

Using metrics responsibly

The University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and takes our commitment to, and implementation of, principles for the responsible use of research metrics seriously.

Our Responsible Metrics Policy (PDF, 152K) is based upon transparency, consistency, accountability and inclusivity, and follows the lead of principles outlined in DORA, The Leiden Manifesto, The Metric Tide Report and the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics.

The University has appointed an Open Scholarship Leadership Group to lead on the development of a culture of open scholarship at Leicester, including implementation of the Responsible Metrics Policy.

Metrics profiles are now provided to applicants and panels as part of the academic promotions process. This follows a pilot in 2020 and recommendations made by the Responsible Metrics Task and Finish Group in 2021. The Responsible Metrics Task and Finish Group has produced guidance documents [login required] to help applicants and panels understand the metrics they are provided with.

Our service

Researcher identifiers

  • Using ORCID
    • ORCID has become the major author identifier in academic publishing and research evaluation.
  • Using Scopus Author ID
  • Using Publons (Web of Science)
  • Using the Corporate Address Policy

Demonstrating publishing and online impact

  • How to track citations of published work in Scopus and Web of Science
  • Using SciVal to provide detailed metrics and analysis
  • Using Google Scholar profiles
  • Using Altmetric to track online engagement of published work
  • Using metrics from Leicester Research Archive

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