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New Researchers' Library Guide

A guide to Library resources and services for research staff and graduate research students new to the University of Melbourne

  Research Impact and Engagement

Maximise and Measure your Research Impact and Engagement

Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS)

Do you need to demonstrate the impact, reach and engagement of your research, for a grant or promotion application? We can help you to gather and interpret metrics and demonstrate impact and engagement via:

  • Self-help guides, that step you through gathering research impact metrics efficiently.
  • One-on-one consultations with a librarian with knowledge of your research discipline on gathering and interpreting impact metrics.
  • The Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS) will provide discipline-specific guidance or instruction, and in some circumstances may gather and collate the metrics for you.


Quick Links

  • Self-help Research Impact Guide

    Learn how to use tools to gather impact and engagement metrics. This guide covers:

    • Faculty-specific guidance.
    • How to manage your research outputs.
    • Altmetrics (alternative-metrics) and other indicators of research impact.


  • Researcher Profiles

    We can help you to build and maintain your researcher profiles, such as ORCID, Google Scholar, Scopus and Publons to:

    • Build your online presence.
    • Make your work more discoverable.
    • Track and measure the impact of your work.


  • Book a Research Consultation

    Make an online appointment with a librarian for assistance via Zoom with how to:

    • Set up your researcher profiles and identifiers, such as ORCID and Google Scholar profiles.
    • Efficiently gather research impact metrics.
    • Interpret the meaning and significance of research impact measures.


Further Support

Self-help Guide to Altmetrics (alternative metrics)

This self-help library guide covers Altmetrics (alternative metrics), including:

  • Different types of alternative metrics,
  • Tools you can use to gather them, and
  • How to increase your altmetric scores.

Self-help guide to Dimensions: a data dashboard to support your research case

A self-help library guide to Dimensions: an integrated database produced by Digital Science covering the research process from funding to research, publishing to attention, as well as commercial application and policymaking. It includes the Digital Science suite of products:

  • Altmetric,
  • Consultancy,
  • Figshare,
  • ReadCube,
  • Symplectic Elements, and
  • UberResearch,
  • Along with a large number of external partners and publishers.

You can use dimensions to:

  • Gather citation data,
  • Use research analytics features, and
  • Filter through scholarly content such as publications, patents clinical trials aggregated for various registries, and grant information.

Self-help Guide to Open Research

This self-help library guide steps you through how to make your research outputs open.

Making your research outputs can have many benefits, including potentially:

  • Increasing your reach and influence outside academia.
  • Increasing download, Altmetric and citation counts.
  • Providing an alternative source of usage metrics.