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Research Impact

Research impact

Researchers and scholars are often asked to describe the impact of their work when applying for positions, for promotion and tenure, and for grant funding.  This may include traditional factors such as citation counts and journal reputation and newer measures that look at the reach and visibility of the work through downloads, saves, and views, and mentions on blogs and other social media.   Please contact your librarian for assistance.

Research impact measures can help you:

  • Increase the visibility of your work
  • Enable research relationships across institutions
  • Reduce false or misleading information in search results

 Some of the most commonly-accepted impact measures include: