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Research Impact: Getting Started

Guide content

Getting started
What is impact?

Measuring your impact
Author impact
Article impact
Journal impact

Broadening your impact
Managing your identity
Connecting with the reseach community
New forms of scholarly publishing

Visualization Tools

Becker Model

The what, the why...
Further reading

What is impact?

"Impact" describes the reach and influence of a scholar's work. Assessment of impact attempts to reconstruct the value you have given back to the community by examining things such as ...

  • How many scholars have continued the conversation by citing your articles?
  • Who is citing your articles?
  • What kinds of outcomes has your research led to? Have people built better protocols, instrumentation, or practice based on work you have done?
  • Who is noticing you? Have you given presentations to the government? To your local community?
  • What kind of impact have you had on your advisees? What impact has your advisor had on you?

Impact is a complicated landscape, but it begins with you: your research, your relationships, and your outcomes. In this LibGuide, we will provide you with tools that can help you create your own personal branding and evaluate the performance of you, your department, or your research group.


Kayleigh Bohémier
Science Research Support Librarian
Marx Science and Social Science Library