The activity of measuring and describing the impact of academic research is becoming increasingly important in Australia and around the world. Providing an indication of the quality of your research in grant funding or career development applications is now a standard activity, and can highlight why you are a worthy recipient of such awards.
This Guide provides an overview of the use of citation analysis, impact factors and altmetrics as measure of the level of engagement with research publications. The Research Impact website provides information on the translation of UWA research into practice and its economic, social and environmental impact. The Research Impact Glossary provides a useful place to start in terms of assessing research impact at the broadest level.
Research impact measurement is often described using quantitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and using researcher specific metrics such as the h-index; you may hear this type of measurement referred to as 'bibliometrics'.
However, impact can also be described qualitatively in terms of social and cultural applications and measures of esteem.
Different subject areas will focus on different methods of analysing research engagement. Traditionally, Science and Medical areas rely more heavily on quantitative measures than the Arts and Humanities. The focus on different measures may also change depending on the purpose of the analysis.
This guide will describe the different resources which can assist you to examine the level of community engagement with your research. For more information and assistance, please contact the Senior Librarian in your subject area.
Set up at least one researcher profile in order to:
For more information see the page on Researcher profiles.