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Using Research Indicators

This guide provides information about indicators that can be used as a measure of research performance

Citation Count

Citation Count is simply a count of the number of citations that an entity has received to date. An entity can be an institution, a research group or an individual researcher.

Citation behaviour varies between disciplines. As a non-field normalised metric, Citation Count is only useful for benchmarking against research outputs from similar disciplines.

Citation Count will vary for the same research entity in different database sources. Comparisons should therefore only be made from the a single source. See appropriate use of publication and citation metrics.

Recommended sources for calculating Citation Count are listed below.

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