The activity of measuring and describing the quality and impact of academic research is increasingly important in Australia and around the world.
Applications for grant funding or career advancement may require an indication of both the quantity of your research output and of the quality of your research. It may be necessary to use analysis tools, such as SciVal, InCites or Altmetric Explorer to produce a spectrum of evidence of the reach of your research, your collaboration, and how it may be benchmarked.
To ensure the evidence you are gathering is accurate your author profiles need to be up-to-date. This is because the data from analysis tools depends on other sources, for example, SciVal data is extracted from the Scopus database. For more information on author profiles consult the library guide: Research Profiles and ORCID iDs.
The purpose of this guide is to:
Not all metrics will be relevant for telling the story of your research – it will depend on your discipline and research outputs. For example:
The principles of Open Research are important in recognising more than bibliometrics in research evidence. A story in University World News explains that "The Netherlands will officially stop using the so-called ‘impact factor’ in all its hiring and promotions and judge its researchers by their commitment to open science, teamwork, public engagement, and data sharing."
For more information on Open Research consult the library guide: Open Research.
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