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Measuring Research Impact in Law

This guide aims to instruct researchers on how to collect research impact data in law..


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Erica Friesen
William R. Lederman Law Library
128 Union Street
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Subjects: Law


This guide provides information for researchers who are interested in collecting data on the impact of their research.

There are many tools available to help you demonstrate research impact. One standard tool is citation metrics (i.e. data showing how many times a journal article has been cited by other articles). But while this is the most commonly used technique, it is only one option and may not be the most appropriate measurement tool depending on your research. The tools that you choose to use should reflect the nature of your research and the audiences who benefit the most from it.

This guide provides instructions specifically for legal databases and impact metrics, using Head Law Librarian Amy Kaufman's research profile to illustrate the process through screenshots. If you're interested in more general information on research impact metrics, you'll find additional links on the Resources page.

Don't know where to start or how best to measure your impact? Contact the Law Library.