New post from RMIT's Research Whisperer "Are my publications any good?" offers some sage advice on research impact and issues around where to publish.
"You know when you have written a good paper. You know when you have, through the pressure of deadlines, or the tragedy of lost data, written a not-so-good paper. Hold onto those feelings, that sense of judgement. It will sustain you."
Research impact is increasingly important in government funding for research activity within the university sector. This has placed considerable emphasis on tracking citations of a researcher's published works and publishing within highly-ranked journals.
Citation databases are key tools in demonstrating the impact of an individual published paper or of a researcher's body of published work. They can be used to:
As no single database will contain complete information on who has cited a particular work, it is advisable to use multiple sources.
An impact factor is one way of measuring the relative ranking of a journal within a particular field. Ranked lists of journals can be used to:
There are an array of different tools and metrics for measuring research impact. The Metrics Toolkit is a resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact. With the Toolkit you can quickly understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it’s good match for your impact question.