Measuring the impact of your research information

Why is being able to measure your research impact important?

  • It raises the profile of you as a researcher, your research, your department or research group, and ultimately the wider organisation.
  • Increasingly research funders require researchers to be able to demonstrate impact in a quantifiable way.
  • It provides evidence of your effectiveness as a researcher and can be used to help you develop your research career.

Citation metrics provide a traditional way of measuring scholarly research impact, but increasingly alongside these metrics there is a growing body of alternative metrics (altmetrics) which capture data such as social and mass media news mentions, article views, and downloads.

The Library Research Team offers training and support to help you realise the maximum citation potential of your research outputs, where to find citation data, and how it can be used to demonstrate impact. The following guides provide further information.