Research metrics support

The Library Research Support Team can support you with using bibliometrics and altmetrics within the framework of the University’s Guide to Responsible Research Metrics and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) to which SHU is a signatory.

We offer:
• help with finding citation and alternative metrics relating to your research outputs.
• advice on interpreting bibliometrics and altmetrics and understanding their limitations.
• advice on using bibliometrics and altmetrics responsibly in research assessment.
• help with finding journal bibliometrics

Library Research Support pages that you may find helpful:
Finding citations counts, article level metrics and tracking citations to your work
Altmetrics – tracking social media attention to your outputs
Finding and understanding h-indexes
What to consider when choosing a journal including journal bibliometrics

Please contact the Library Research Support team for advice and support.

Citations and the REF

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  You can find out more  on these SHU pages about REF 2021.

The REF 2021 Panel criteria and working methods (2019/02) document sets out the assessment criteria and working methods of the main and sub-panels for the REF, including information about how citation data will be used by some of the REF panels.

There is also further information in the REF 2021 Citation and contextual data guidance.  This includes the guidance to the panels and examples of the data.

If you have any queries about bibliometrics, please contact the Library Research Support Team and for queries about the REF, please see this page on SHU REF contacts.