Research metrics, also referred to as citation analysis, is the study of the quantitative data derived from the use of citations (e.g. bibliographies, works cited, reference pages in books, articles or other publications) as a means of determining the scholarly impact or influence and assumed quality of a journal, an individual article, and an individual author/researcher. Citation analysis can be as simple as counting the number of times a person or article has been cited by others, a ratio of their citations to their output, or some other mathematical computation that relates their citation counts to other measures. There are multiple tools and resources that can be utilized for conducting citation analysis, and librarians are available to assist with utilizing these tools and resources to measure the impact and outcome of your research.
For more information on research metrics, visit http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/citeanalysis