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What can the CMB help with?

When looking at article-level impact there is a lot of different metrics we can deliver. The following options are not all we can do, if you have a specific request then we can also help with that.

Contact us for more information, an example report or other questions regarding impact and metrics at

Publications and Citations

  • Publications per year
  • Citations
    • Total citations
    • Per year
    • number of papers with X citations
    • In what journals did you receive the most citations?
  • Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
    • A normalized metric that allows you to compare yourself to others in your field
  • Papers that are in the top 10% or top 25% most cited  (Can also be done with FWCI)
  • Analysis per topic, are you leading within a topic?

"Key Authorships"

  • Number of papers where you were either First, Second, Penultimate or Last author.
  • All metrics mentioned on  this page can also only be specified to 'Key authorship' papers


  • International / national / local?  Which publications score the most citations?
  • With which authors or institutions do you work together?
  • What institutions or authors are leading in certain topics?
  • Percentage collaboration with industry.

Open Access

  • Percentage of Open Access publications
  • Analysis of missed chances: If you used all possibilities the library offers, how much open access could you have reached (usually 100%!) and how much does that differ from your actual open access percetage?


  • Who is talking about your research online? Has it been in the news? Did policy papers use it?

The library can help provide the information that is needed under the "Scientific and Societal Impact" chapter.  

For example: The data for the following table can be provided relatively easily.

Total number

Last 5 years

% Open Access (last 5 years)

All publications

1st authorship

2nd authorship

Second-to-last authorship

last authorships

Total number of citations (Scopus):

Development in citations per year over the past 5 years (Scopus, provide numbers or a graph):


Public outreach

  • Our research database Pure can produce a list of all your research 'Activities', 'Press/Media' and 'Prizes'. 
  • We can provide an "Altmetric" report. This is a report on all attention your papers have received online. This could be tweets or blogposts. But also mentions in the news or patents and policy documents can be found. For more information see our Altmetric page!


Recognition and rewards of academics

In November 2019, the VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO and ZonMw have published the position paper ‘Room for everyone’s talent: towards a new balance in the recognition and rewards for academics’’  in which we indicate how we aim to more broadly recognise and reward the work of academic staff. This includes placing less emphasis on the number of publications, and a greater emphasis on the other domains in which the academic is active, such as education and impact. This broader form of recognition and appreciation is better suited to the current core tasks of knowledge and educational institutions and what society requires of these establishments.

More info: 


DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment) is a global initiative that aims to reduce dependence on bibliometric indicators (such as publications and citations) in the evaluation of research and researchers, and increase the use of other criteria. The declaration outlines a set of recommendations on how to improve research evaluation.

In 2019, DORA was signed by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development).

"Old" Metrics

The Journal metrics and H-index are both metrics that we should no longer use within the UMCG. But we understand that these metrics are still very familiar to researchers, so we are going to mention them here.


Your H-Index can be found in either:

Be aware that your H-index might be different in each of these databases. This is because of the amount of publications each database indexes. Therefore always mention where you took your H-index from. 

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