The relative citation ratio: what is it and why should medical librarians care?




Bibliometrics, Relative Citation Ratio, Research Impact


Bibliometrics is becoming increasingly prominent in the world of medical libraries. The number of presentations related to research impact at the Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meeting has been increasing in past years. Medical centers have been using institutional dashboards to track clinical performance for over a decade, and more recently, these institutional dashboards have included measures of academic performance. This commentary reviews current practices and considers the role for a newer metric, the relative citation ratio.

Author Biographies

Alisa Surkis, Assistant Director for Research Data and Metrics, Health Sciences Library, NYU, 577 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Assistant Director for Research Data and Metrics

NYU Health Sciences Library

Stuart Spore, Lead, Scholarly Output Assessment, Health Sciences Library, NYU, 577 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Lead, Scholarly Output Assessment/Senior Systems Advisor

NYU Health Sciences Library


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