Your valued contribution

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.

How do I measure my Impact?

It is important to understand how metrics can be used to measure scholarly outputs and report impact to the university.

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How do I promote my research?

Making your research easy to find, and creating conversations and connections around your work are two important ways you can promote your research. Find out more about making your research visible, creating connections and using your academic impact metrics in promotion or grant applications.

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Support and advice

If you wish to access individual metrics for promotion or grant applications, or you would like to benchmark your outputs against others in your field, we have a range of tools that can assist you. We are happy to show you how to use these in a consultation.

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To demonstrate productivity and impact, schools and centres may wish to benchmark their collective outputs against national or international counterparts. Such reports provide useful evidence to support funding applications. If you would like to request a report for your school or centre please complete the form outlining your requirements. Please note these reports are labour-intensive so our ability to accommodate your needs may be limited at times of peak demand for our services.

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