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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

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Still unsure about metrics, how to find them, what they mean?

Try these tools

  1. Research Impact & Engagement - Research Gateway (UOM)
  2. Metrics toolkit
  3. Elsevier Research Metrics Guidebook
  4. Incites Indicators Handbook
  5. Snowball metrics


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Books - Research impact & Engagement

Describing impact


Meagher, L., & Edwards, D. (2020, September 18). A_How to tell an impact story? The building blocks you need [Blog post]. Impact of Social Sciences

Williams, K., & Lewis, J. M. (2021). Understanding, measuring, and encouraging public policy research impact. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 80(3), 554–564.

Appropriate use of metrics


de Rijcke, S., Waltman, L., & van Leeuwen, T. (2021, May 19). Halt the h-index [Blog post]. Leiden Madtrics

Moed, H. (2017, November 3). A_How can we use research performance indicators in an informed and responsible manner? [Blog post]. The Bibliomagician

Swijgshuisen Reigersberg, M. E. (2018, November 21). Metrics, research assessment and league tables: An Australian perspective [Blog post]. The Bibliomagician

Track record

"The assessment of researcher performance today is based on decisions of researchers in the past." (Polonsky, 2008, p. 67)

Brian, D. (2018, February 6). Building your track record. The Research Whisperer.

Polonsky, M. (2008). What is a Research Track Record? Australasian Marketing Journal, 16(2), 67–72.


Albion, P. R. (2012). Benchmarking citation measures among the Australian education professoriate. The Australian Educational Researcher, 39(2), 221–235.

Furnham, A. (2019). What I have learned from my Google Scholar and H index. Scientometrics, 122(2), 1249–1254.

Harzing, A.-W. (2016, August). Reflections on norms for the h-index and related indices. Retrieved May 11, 2021, from website:

Kamrani, P., Dorsch, I., & Stock, W. G. (2021). Do researchers know what the h-index is? And how do they estimate its importance? Scientometrics, 126(7), 5489–5508.

*** Merga, M. K., Mat Roni, S., & Mason, S. (2020). A_Should Google Scholar be used for benchmarking against the professoriate in education? Scientometrics.