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Research Impact Metrics

This guide describes the different ways one can measure research impact and output through metrics that assess authors, journals, articles, and departments.

Large scale citation analysis and citation data mining can't be done using the web interfaces of citation indices.

If you wish to do a project examining a large pool of citations from a citation index for text or data mining and analysis, you will need to use an API (Application Programming Interface) to compile and download large citation datasets. MSU Libraries has access to some citation index APIs and others are free to use for academic purposes.

For questions or help related to citation text analysis or data mining please contact Devin Higgins

Major Citation Indices and API Access