IDEAS Faculty Publication Metrics: The Impact of our Research
The assessment of academic output is moving away from the simple metric of a journal’s impact factor, to the utilization of the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). The Relative Citation Ratio is a field-normalized metric that shows the scientific influence of one or more articles relative to the average NIH-funded paper. In this instance, we are measuring the RCR of the IDEAS group as a whole. The weighted Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) is the sum of the RCRs for the articles in the group; this weights the article count by their influence relative to NIH-funded papers. A highly influential set of articles will have a higher weighted RCR than total number of publications, while a set of articles with below-average influence will have a lower weighted RCR than total publications. The IDEAS faculty RCR (2015-2017) is calculated as 98.28; this is calculated using the NIH iCite tool and faculty publication PMID numbers.