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Beyond Citation Counts: Practical Skills for Measuring Research Impact Recorded Webinar for Sites
Beyond Citation Counts: Practical Skills for Measuring Research Impact Recorded Webinar for Sites

In the highly competitive world of biomedical research, investigators and institutions must be able to demonstrate the significance and importance of their research to academia, the public, and the clinical community.  Librarians can play a vital role in partnering with individuals, groups, and institutions to determine how to track the impact of research.  This webinar will help librarians understand how to find and interpret a variety of traditional and new metrics for assessing research impact, including h-index, percentile ranking, and altmetrics.  The webinar will also provide a brief introduction to tools that can be used to create visualizations to help illustrate research metrics in visually striking and easy-to-understand formats.


After viewing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of several different types of research metrics and explain to researchers and other stakeholders the significance of these numbers
  • Assist researchers, labs, departments, and other stakeholders in assessing and tracking the impact of their research using a combination of traditional and novel measures
  • Identify tools for visually demonstrating research impact, determining gaps in research in a department or institution, and identifying potential research collaborators

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: You will receive a link to the recorded program and the participant's manual after registration.
  • Cost:
    • Sites (for unlimited viewers at one location): $199 (nonmembers, $299)
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.


Lisa Federer, AHIP, currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, and reuse of biomedical research data. She is the author  of several peer-reviewed articles and an e-book on new roles for librarians in supporting research and data management. A member of MLA since 2009, she has served the organization in a variety of capacities at the national and local level, including as a member of the MLA Futures Task Force (January 2013–October 2014), an MLA ’12 blog correspondent, and chair of the Plenary Speaker Committee for the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona/Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group 2013 Joint Meeting. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of California–Los Angeles and a mater’s of arts in English from the University of North Texas.