Scholarly Communication and Impact Metrics

Scholarly Communication

"Scholarly Communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use." --Association of College and Research Libraries (ARL)

Over time, it reflects the technological and workflow changes in communicating scholarly discovery and innovation.

This guide provides information and HSLS support for key aspects of scholarly communication:

  • Publishing, including help with journal selection
  • Open Access • Copyright for Authors
  • Public Access policies
  • ORCID iD for author disambiguation

Impact Metrics

Impact Metrics or Bibliometrics is the quantitative citation analysis of journal articles, books and other communications in print or online, using mathematical or statistical methods to analyze and visualize complex metrics.

Impact Metrics, such as the h-index and the journal impact factor, are generated at the author- and journal-level, while Altmetrics are based on new social media communications. Bibliometrics supports analysis of world, national, state, school, department, institute or individual output to compare groups; visualize trends; or for strategic planning. Pitt now has an advanced bibliometric tool, Web of Science Essential Science Indicators, for your analytical use.

This guide provides access to the information and tools you need to create personal impact reports and produce broader bibliometric analyses.