Kimberly Powell, MLIS

Research Impact Informationist

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library


  • MS, Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • BA, English Literature, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Professional Profile

Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University before joining the Emory University Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a research scientist.  She completed a Master’s Degree in Health Science Librarianship in 2010 and joined Emory Libraries in 2011.  Since then she’s developed library services around publication analytics and research impact metrics.  In 2016, Kim took on the full time role of Research Impact Informationist.  She is an author and collaborator on several papers on citation tracking strategies, defining researcher impact, and the library’s involvement in supporting research quality and publication integrity.


Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Sciences 
  • Biology
  • NIH Researchers
  • Research Impact 
  • Researcher Profiles
  • Bibliometrics/ Altmetrics
  • Citation Tracking
  • Scholarly Communication


  • Powell, K. (2019). Searching by grant number: comparison of funding acknowledgments in NIH RePORTER, PubMed, and Web of Science.. J Med Libr Assoc, 107(2), 172-178. doi:10.5195/jmla.2019.554
  • Velásquez, G. E., Huaman, M. A., Powell, K. R., Cohn, S. E., Swaminathan, S., Outlaw, M., . . . Castillo-Mancilla, J. (2019). Outcomes of a Career Development Program for Underrepresented Minority Investigators in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group.. Open Forum Infect Dis, 6(3), ofz069. doi:10.1093/ofid/ofz069
  • Powell, K. R., & Elder, J. J. (2019). A bibliometric services workshop for subject librarians. Library Management, 40(5), 305-312. doi:10.1108/LM-03-2018-0014
  • Alpi, K. M., Eldredge, J. D., Holmes, H., Akers, K. G., Powell, K. R., & Hoogland, M. (2018). Research Roadmap: Understanding the Research Process. Hypothesis : the newsletter of the Research Section of MLA, 30(1), 33-53. Retrieved from
  • Powell, K. R. (2018). "Librarian's Role in Reproducibility of Research" 2017 Symposium: Research Section Stipend Winner Reflection. Hypothesis : the newsletter of the Research Section of MLA, 29(2), 32-38. Retrieved from
  • Janssens, A. C. J. W., Goodman, M., Powell, K. R., & Gwinn, M. (2017). A critical evaluation of the algorithm behind the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR).. PLoS Biol, 15(10), e2002536. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2002536
  • Powell, K. R., & Peterson, S. R. (2017). Coverage and quality: A comparison of Web of Science and Scopus databases for reporting faculty nursing publication metrics.. Nurs Outlook, 65(5), 572-578. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2017.03.004