Excellent research underpins academic impact and it is important to understand how the impact of your research can be measured to help you communicate your contribution and value to the university, the economy and society. The following pages provide an introduction on measuring your academic impact and promoting yourself and your research.
What is academic impact?
Academic impact is one way that the impact of research is measured. It is commonly measured using a range of metrics, often based on citations to published research outputs (journal articles, books, etc.). The Office for Research uses academic impact and other research impact measures to support research at Griffith.
Academic impact metrics can be divided into metrics about research outputs, journals and authors. These each have different uses and it is important to think critically about how the metrics are used and what they actually measure. Individual metrics should not be used as a measure of quality or achievement, but can contribute a valuable data point. The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics outlines ten principles to guide research evaluation and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment similarly outlines a range of issues to be aware of when using academic impact metrics.
Understanding the academic impact of your research can help you communicate your value to the university and the contribution your research makes to the economy and society. Metrics can also help researchers develop their publishing strategy or understand who is reading your work, and how you can promote your research more effectively.
View Griffith's Research with Impact to see research projects that demonstrate real and measurable impact.
Support and advice
Benchmarking impact reports allow centres and schools to compare their research outputs with national and international counterparts in order to demonstrate productivity and impact. They may provide useful information and data to assist with securing funding. If you wish to measure individual academic impact for promotion or grant applications or benchmark yourself against others, we have a range of tools to assist but do not compile reports. We are happy to provide advice on how to do this in a consultation.
If you would like to request a report for your school or centre contact your librarian to discuss your requirements. Please note as these reports are labour intensive we will need to determine capacity to fulfil the request on an individual basis.
If you would like further advice on academic impact please contact one of our specialist librarians.