The Australian Research Council (ARC) defines research impact as “the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia”.
Why is it important?
It is important that researchers know their impact as it can help:
Why deposit your research publications in ACU Research Bank?
|Common citation metrics||Common journal metrics|
|Total number of publications (researcher)||Journal Impact Factor. Search in Journal Citation Reports.|
|Total number of citations||Source normalised impact per paper (SNIP). Available in the Scopus database. Use the Compare Journals Tool.|
|Citations per paper (cpp)||SCImago Journal Rank (SJR). Available in the Scopus database. Use the Compare Journals Tool.|
|Hersch's h-index||Eigenfactor and Article Influence Score|
|Percentage of papers cited|
There is no one ideal tool for tracking research. All tools have their limitations. Peer review is also important. Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), for example, acknowledges that in some disciplines peer review rather than citation analysis is the preferred means of assessing research.