What is Research Impact?
Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. This occurs in many ways – through creating and sharing new knowledge and innovation; inventing groundbreaking new products, companies and jobs; developing new and improving existing public services and policy; enhancing quality of life and health; and many more. (UK Research & Innovation).
REASONS TO CONSIDER MEASURING YOUR RESEARCH IMPACT:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Measuring research impact will vary across disciplines. The limitations of publication metrics and their applicability to different academic fields can make cross-disciplinary use of metrics problematic. And no single metric can comprehensively reflect research assessment for any field. Check with experts and colleagues in your discipline or field to determine which measures of impact are appropriate.
For more information or assistance, schedule a meeting with your liaison librarian to help you identify your research impact.
Common Measures of Research Impact
There are challenges and limitations to keep in mind when researching your scholarly impact:
The research process is complex
Limited formats in research databases
Suggestion for authors: It is recommended to use the same variation of your name consistently throughout your publishing career. If your name is a fairly common name, consider adding a middle name to distinguish it from other authors. Consistency enhances retrieval across multiple resources.