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Measure Your Research Impact: Introduction

Learn how to measure the impact of your research.

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The Health and Natural Sciences Team is composed of librarians from the Health Sciences and Kenan Science Libraries.

What is Research Impact?

Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academia, society and the economy:

  • Academic impact : Contribution to academic advances, across and within disciplines, in understanding, methods, theory and application
  • Societal impact: Benefit to individuals, organizations and nations by enhancing quality of life, health and creative output, and increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy
  • Economic impact: Attracting investment, wealth creation, enhanced national and global competitiveness

The above statements were adapted from the Research Councils UK.

There are several reasons to measure your research impact:

  • Application for promotion or tenure
  • Quantify return on research investment for grant renewals and progress reports
  • Future funding requests
  • Identify who is using your work and confirm that it is appropriately credited
  • Identify collaborators within or outside of your discipline