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Your research impact

The Australian Research Council (ARC) define 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.”

The ARC use this Research Impact Pathway to show the way that research inputs can benefit society.

Measuring and describing the impact of academic research is becoming increasingly important in Australia and around the world. Providing an indication of the quality of your research in grant funding or career development applications is now a standard activity, and can highlight why you are a worthy recipient of such awards. Different subject areas will focus on different measures to describe research impact.

Research impact measurement is often described using quantitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and using researcher specific metrics such as the h-index. Traditionally, Science and Medical areas rely on these quantitative measures, whilst in the Arts and Humanities impact is more often described in terms of social and cultural applications and measures of esteem. The focus on different measures may also change depending on the purpose for measuring research impact.

In order to distinguish yourself from similarly named authors, track your citations, manage your publications list, and enhance your USQ researcher profile page, set up a profile like a Google Scholar account or an ORCID. See more about this on the Researcher profiles page.

Your librarian will be able to help you to identify suitable researcher profile platforms and can provide advice on setting up your digital researcher identity.