Thursday 18 July 2019

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact - NEW Online Training

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Metrics and impact measurement have become an increasingly important part of the scholarly publishing and research landscape. This online course covers some of the ways publishers can measure impact and the associated metrics. It is divided between citation metrics, such as the Impact Factor and citation based analysis, and altmetrics looking at a range of tools such as, Impact Story and PlumX. The course also covers usage as a metric and various author and article level metrics such as the h-index.

Online Session 1 - Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

Date and Time: 
Wednesday 3 July, Online, (CEST 3.30pm-5.00pm, EDT 9.30am-11.00am, BST 2.30pm-4.00pm)

Online Session 2 - Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

Date and Time: 
Thursday 18 July, Online, (CEST 3.30pm-5.00pm, EDT 9.30am-11.00am, BST 2.30pm-4.00pm)

The course will comprise

  • Pre-course reading/exercises
  • Comprehensive delegate pack 
  • Pre-course questionnaire
  • 2 one and a half hour interactive online workshops
  • Post course exercises marked by our tutor
  • 48 hour email follow up 
  • Certificate on completion of all elements.


  • What are journal citation metrics?
  • Common misconceptions and problems in the use of citation metrics
  • Strategies to maximize citation impact
  • Practical session on using the most common citation indexes
  • What is research impact?
  • Understanding the emergence of altmetrics and the landscape of engagement and research dissemination
  • Interpreting altmetrics data: quantitative versus qualitative analysis and understanding the Altmetric Donut scores
  • Qualitative analysis of mentions and listening to the conversation around research online
  • Practical sessions on using altmetrics data
  • Usage data as a metric
  • Article and author level metrics such as the h-index.

What will you learn?

To understand and explain common citation metrics such as the Impact Factor; explain inherent differences between journals and their metrics. Comprehend author level metrics such as the h-index and how these can be applied at the journal level. Have a clear understanding of altmetrics and how to use them, know how to identify research receiving attention using various tools and have practical ideas on using altmetrics data. Have a view on the future direction of metrics and their role in the publishing industry. Several subscription products and free alternatives will be demonstrated.

Who should attend (Level 2)

Staff working in editorial, marketing, data analyst roles, involved in conducting or presenting the results of citation, altmetric or usage data or analysis. This course is suitable for those with direct responsibility for metrics or two to three years’ wider publishing expertise working in organizations large and small across all subject areas.

Delegate Comments from our face-to-face training

"A great course that offers insights, guidance and practical exercises for anyone who's unsure how to measure impact for their journals." Frances Lee, BMJ

" A demanding but fascinating guide through a complex area. Our guides were great and led us through skillfully and knowledgeably.” Jacquie Gauntlett, British Journal of Sociology

"Very good analysis of the pitfalls and definitions of the different metrics that are in use. Very illuminating and interesting course." Mark Thorne, Biochemical Society

I found it all really useful and interesting. Hands-on sessions great. Best course I’ve been on for a long time. I will recommend it to my colleagues.

Lucy Sootheran, Emerald Group Publishing


Mike Taylor, Digital Science

Mike Taylor is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science. He’s new to the company, having spent many years working in Elsevier’s R&D group and in the Metrics and Analytics Team. Mike works with many community groups, including FORCE11, RDA and NISO, and is well known in the scholarly metrics community. He’s also notorious amongst the Oxford theatrical scene as an actor, producer and director with ElevenOne Theatre. In his spare time he provides the entertainment for many a hen night with the Murder Mystery company, Smoke and Mirrors.

Mike is studying for a PhD in alternative metrics at the University of Wolverhampton

Tiffany Drake, Taylor & Francis

Tiff is based in Oxford and works as a Product Data Analyst within the Research and Analytics Department of Taylor & Francis. Within this role, Tiff provides expertise and analysis on Bibliometric and Usage data, delivering training, advice, and guidance to the rest of the business in these areas. Other roles within Taylor & Francis have allowed her to hone skills in both database models and Lean methodology. Prior to beginning her career at Taylor and Francis, Tiff studied Biological Sciences specialising in Plant Sciences and published a paper on sustainable compost alternatives, which gave her valuable experience of the publishing process from a different perspective.


Upcoming Dates for this event

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