Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact

Date of Live Event: Wednesday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time. Recording available soon after.

If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! You’ll explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and become familiar with the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. #MLAResearchNumbers

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the strengths and limitations of common impact metrics
  • Describe the latest tools for providing citation-based indicators and visualizations
  • Explain to researchers and author how to increase their chances of having an impact
  • Identify elements of the Taubman research impact initiative your library can adopt


Librarians in academic health sciences libraries; librarians working with early career researchers; new health sciences librarians; librarians working with research impact metrics and research evaluation. 


Judy Smith is an informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leads the Taubman Research Impact Core. Judy also serves as a liaison to the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, and works closely with faculty and students affiliated with the Institute on Healthcare Policy and Innovation on information seeking consultations and trainings. Judy previously served as the Virtual Library Services Coordinator within the Entrepreneurial Library Program (ELP) of the Sheridan Libraries at the Johns Hopkins University. She received a BA from the University of Michigan, and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Tyler Nix is an informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and co-leads the Taubman Research Impact Core. In this role, he partners with health sciences faculty, staff, and students in projects related to tracking and communicating the impact of research outputs. Prior to joining Taubman, he was an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine and has previous library experience at Frontier Nursing University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2015.


Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.


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