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Science Communication: Research Impact

This set of guides has been adapted from LibGuides created by the Michigan State University Librarians, Erika Weir, Iris Kovar-Gough and Susan Kendall.

Introduction to Research Impact

Icon of a desktop computer displaying graphs and chartsResearch impact is a term used to describe the influence of research. The scholarly community has developed various metrics to quantify impact at the author, article, and journal level. Dependent on the metric chosen, impact can be calculated based on engagement with the scholarly community or public at large. However, they are generally intended for understanding scholarly communications in a specific field such as High Energy Physics or Inorganic Chemistry.

Research Impact metrics, like the H-Index or Altmetrics, can help researchers demonstrate the influence of their research. Researchers can use the following toolkit to choose the best metrics to demonstrate their impact:

Online Research Profiles

Various online research profiles can assist published authors keep track of both author and article level metrics and notify you when your paper or work has been cited in a published source.

Researchers can track their metrics by creating an account with either of the following services:

Understang Research Impact Metrics

Research impact metrics can be calculated asses all of the following units. Use the list below to explore the different types of impact metrics, their appropriate uses, and how they can benefit your understanding of scholarly communications in your field.

HBOI Researcher Profiles in PlumX

PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. Examples include, when research is mentioned in the news or is tweeted about. Collectively known as PlumX Metrics, these metrics are divided into five categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data involved and to enable analysis by comparing like with like.

Check HERE for HBOI Profiles.