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Measure Your Research Impact: Introduction

Learn how to measure the impact of your research.

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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 UK Research and Innovation.

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
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