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Research Impact

Tools and support to assist with measuring research.

Research Impact - an overview

Researchers and academic staff are often asked to demonstrate the impact of their research in applications for academic promotions, grants and in many other contexts.  

The University Library has developed a suite of discipline specific guides (see links on left hand menu) to assist researchers with using free and subscription tools to determine impact and engagement metrics of their research outputs such as journal articles.

The selection of the most appropriate metrics and/or the optimum method of presenting those metrics is dependent on the discipline, the purpose, the context, the specific research being evaluated, and so on.  

The following are all resources that should be consulted to assist in deciding which metrics are appropriate for the specific purpose, and how to use those metrics to demonstrate research impact and engagement:

Further information

The use of metrics to demonstrate research impact or to compare researchers or research publications is a topic that has been debated much in recent years.  The following websites and articles are recommended for further information and discussion: