Our mission is to help you communicate the impact of your work in a variety of ways to tell your research story to peers, funders, policy makers, and the public.
What is Research Impact?
“Impact” is a broad term that encompasses the reach and influence of a researcher’s work. There are several ways to communicate the value of your research. Measuring and conveying your research impact are crucial for improving research grant applications, supporting tenure application and promotions, and connecting with other researchers and project collaborators.
Some examples include:
- Who is citing your work?
- Has your work influenced other kinds of tangible outcomes? (e.g. development of new instruments, methods, or practice based on your research)
- Have news sources picked up your research and shared it with the masses?
The University of Alberta Library strongly endorses the principles outlined in the Statement on Research Impact: For Research and Innovation at the University of Alberta and in Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics
This means that our work:
- Encourages the consideration of both qualitative and quantitative assessments.
- Measures research impact against the values and the research missions of the institution, research group or researcher as appropriate.
- Pushes us to consider a broad range of impacts, not just those that can be measured.
- Appreciates and celebrates locally relevant research.
- Provides methodological descriptions and access to the data used in analysis.
- And takes the citation practices of different disciplines into account.
We highly recommend that before taking on any research assessment that the following documents be carefully considered:
University Research Policy Sub-Committee. (2020). Statement on Research Impact: For Research and Innovation at the University of Alberta. Internal Report, University of Alberta.
Hicks, D., Wouters, P., Waltman, L., De Rijcke, S., & Rafols, I. (2015). Bibliometrics: the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics. Nature News, 520(7548), 429.
Himanen, L., and Gadd, L., (2019, December 11). Introducing SCOPE – a process for evaluating responsibly. The Bibliomagician.
There are a number of metrics and tools available to help you analyze and share your research impact.
Navigating the breadth of tools and metrics can be daunting. The University of Alberta Libraries is here to help! The Research Impact Team can provide support on a number of projects:
- Benchmarking reports: Faculties/departments can request reports to benchmark their research output with comparable universities in Canada and worldwide.
- Grant Application support: Pulling objective metrics may improve grant applications for individual or team grants.
- Data Gathering and Interpretation: Bibliometric data may be collected for specific disciplinary groups or institutional levels
- Training: Customized training/workshops on how to collect and analyze bibliometric data (e.g. InCites, Scopus, Web of Science)
- Consultations and guidance on research impact and its measures.
Contact the Research Impact Team, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.