Using publication metrics to highlight academic productivity and research impact

Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Oct;21(10):1160-72. doi: 10.1111/acem.12482.


This article provides a broad overview of widely available measures of academic productivity and impact using publication data and highlights uses of these metrics for various purposes. Metrics based on publication data include measures such as number of publications, number of citations, the journal impact factor score, and the h-index, as well as emerging metrics based on document-level metrics. Publication metrics can be used for a variety of purposes for tenure and promotion, grant applications and renewal reports, benchmarking, recruiting efforts, and administrative purposes for departmental or university performance reports. The authors also highlight practical applications of measuring and reporting academic productivity and impact to emphasize and promote individual investigators, grant applications, or department output.

MeSH terms

  • Authorship
  • Bibliometrics*
  • Biomedical Research
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Publishing / statistics & numerical data*