Research outputs such as journal articles, conference papers and other scholarly publications are the primary means of communicationg the results of academic enquiry. Metrics are increasingly being used to measure the research impact or research influence of an individual researcher or group. The most common metrics used to assess the quality of the research outputs and their academic impact are:
Webometrics include download counts and the number and type of hyperlinks. It may also be referred to as cybermetrics or scientometrics.
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