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 in the 'Self-help guides by faculty section below) 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:
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:
Effective management of research outputs will save time, make dissemination easier and more effective, and attract more scholarly and social media attention.
View the University of Melbourne Research Outputs website for further information and processes.
From December 2018 the ARC changed the process for including research outputs on grant applications.
Starting from the Discovery Projects 2020 scheme, round 1, research outputs must first be added to an applicant’s ARC Research Management System (RMS) profile before they can be selected for inclusion on an application.
For more information and instructions visit Staff Hub: ARC Grant Applications
Minerva Access is the University of Melbourne's Institutional Repository. It aims to collect, preserve, and showcase the intellectual output of staff and students of the University of Melbourne for a global audience.
University of Melbourne's researchers are encouraged to deposit their research outputs into Minerva Access via Elements, which is fully integrated with Minerva Access. Information including a short video on how to do this can be found here.
Your Elements profile is a quick and easy way to obtain a current h-index and citation counts.
Note: the validity of the Minerva Elements metrics is dependent on your profile being up to date and correctly linked to ORCID, Scopus and Web of Science:
Example below: H index from Web of Science, Scopus and Dimensions available on profile homepage:
Example below: click on Research Outputs > Title of output > Metrics tab:
Reference management programs (also known as citation managers or bibliographic management software) provide many useful features that can help you with your research such as:
Storing and organising your references, and
As there are a number of different programs available it is important to choose the one that suits your needs. The University of Melbourne has licensed access to: EndNote, RefWorks, and EndNote Online.
This guide gives information on these and other programs available and the issues you should consider when selecting a program:
Please note: it is not compulsory to use any of these programs. If you have only basic computer skills you may be better off managing your references using traditional means