Impact Measurement & Visualization Services

The Impact Measurement & Visualization (IMV) Team partners with the UNC-Chapel Hill community on impact measurement and visualization projects in support of research, education, and clinical care.

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Health Sciences Library IMV specialists consult with individual faculty, research groups, institutes, departments or other units on topics such as:

  • Communicating research impact and collaboration to audiences such as funders or promotion and tenure committees
  • Managing or tracking publications
  • Measuring or assessing research impact by discipline area

HSL IMV specialists partner with individual faculty, research groups, institutes, departments or other units and use a wide collection of resources, including Scopus, Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, and more, to provide services and reports for different purposes,

  • Identify patterns, trends, and gaps of unit-supported research, education or clinical care activities utilizing publication and/or other available data
  • Bibliometric analysis and visualization to provide an overview of research publications and other outputs by a specific group
  • Discover the scope and pattern of research collaborations (e.g. author collaboration, institution collaboration, and country collaboration)

IMV Analyses and Data Types

Data Types

  • Publication citation data
  • Grant citation data
  • Patent citation data


  • Individual author publication metrics
  • Author/institution/country collaboration analysis
  • Citation impact analysis of a group​
  • Topic analysis for a group using author or index keywords or title/abstract terms​
  • Bipartite (multi-node) networks:  collaboration/topics over time​

Highlights of a Typical Project Workflow

  • Identify project scope, goals, project contacts, types of analyses, deliverables, and opportunities to collaborate on professional outputs (Project Charter)​
  • Identify and validate specific data to be analyzed, and data sources​
  • Construct search strategy in consultation with domain experts (clients)​​
  • Retrieve and clean data (most time-consuming step)​​
  • Run analyses; produce visualizations​
  • Share initial analyses with client for input and revie.​​
  • Revise analyses as needed

Resources and References

Events & Outreach

Throughout the year, we offer events and workshops related to data visualization methods and software, and new offerings on tracking research impact. You can learn about upcoming events by consulting the Events Calendar.


Last modified: 10/25/23