Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Research Impact Metrics & Visibility

This guide, targeted towards faculty and researchers, provides an introduction to the various metrics used to measure scholarly research impact.

What is research impact and why is it important?

"Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment and culture beyond the contribution to academic research” (Australian Research Council, 2017).

Research impact is essential for:

  • Application for employment, promotion or tenure
  • Grant proposals, renewals and progress reports
  • Discovering how work is being utilized
  • Ensuring that work is appropriately credited
  • Showing off academic accomplishments
  • Having an impact on university rankings

Research impact metrics