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Research Impact for Fine Arts and Music

The Conversation

The Conversation is "an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public" ( It is free to read and republish content (under Creative Commons), and since its launch in 2011 has become a highly trusted source of news and commentary in Australia. 

Authors contributing to The Conversation must be members of an academic or research institution. Once registered, the Author Dashboard allows you to see the analytics of each of your articles, both individually and as an aggregate over time. Metrics include the number of:

  • reads of your content (with a breakdown of readers by location),
  • comments posted to your articles, and
  • times your content has been republished to other sites.

Institutional level analytics are also available to those with the appropriate access and can provide detail of an institution's contribution over time, including top five articles and top five authors over a specific period. Contact your librarian if you would like more information about this.


Online news repositories, for example, Factiva, ProQuest News and Newspapers, LexisNexis, and specific news archives, can provide access to research published in newspapers and other print media.  These provide alternate impact from mainstream academic publication output.

This can be important for reviews and commentary in the creative arts. 

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