What is research impact?
Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individual, organisations and nations...
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Why is research impact important?
There are several reasons to measure your research impact:
Bibliometrics are the use of quantiative tools to study publications and other written materials
Citation metrics focus on the statistical patterns and measurements of citations
Citation analysis can be used as a quantifiable measure of academic output and research impact, which can help inform decisions on publication, promotion, and tenure
Altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship