offers a simple way to calculate what quantifies as good physics research. Evaluating scientific work requires in-depth studies of research publications. In practice, quick, quantitative comparisons must be made, especially by thosewho serve on committees or who must document the performance of their institutions (or both). These comparisons rely on metrics for scientific impact, that are measures to quantify the relevance of research, both on the administrative level and on the individual level.

About the author

Alison Verbeck is the Physics Librarian at Washington University. For more information, contact Alison: