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Research Impact for STEMM - a self-help guide

This guide will assist researchers in the STEMM disciplines to find bibliometrics to demonstrate the impact of their research outputs.


As researchers and academic staff, you need to demonstrate the impact of your research outputs in applications for academic promotions, grant applications and in many other contexts.  

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 and the specific research being evaluated.

Library staff strongly advise that you fully understand the requirements of the grant, promotion or application. 

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

Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Davis, P. (2017, May 15). Citation performance indicators – a very short introduction.

Please consult the following resources when deciding which metrics are appropriate and how to use those metrics to demonstrate research impact and engagement:

Australian Research Council Grants

National Health and Medical Research Council

Academic Careers @ Melbourne