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Why is impact measured?

Reporting purposes, justification for funding, demonstrating significance, showcasing expertise, evidence of trends in knowledge growth.  

Understanding the impact of one's research can help scholars build tenure and promotion cases, select publication outlets for future work, and identify potential collaborators.

The research metrics and tools described on this guide help researchers to quantify some measures of the influence of their work.

Introduction to Metrics

Metrics that quantify the use of scholarly publications are available at three levels.

Article-level metrics include any measures of the influence of a single publication. Total citations are available for journal articles, but some can apply to books, chapters, or other individual publications. 

Author-level metrics aggregate the metrics of all of an author's publications to summarize his or her career overall. These metrics include the h-index and related measures, as well as citation totals.

Journal-level metrics are intended to describe the influence of a journal overall.

Most metrics at all three levels are based in counting citations among scholarly publications. Some emerging alternative metrics (Altmetrics) assess other measures of use and influence, such as the number of times a publication is read, downloaded, saved, mentioned, or cited in popular online sources.

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Example of publications by QUT Business Researcher Alexandra Williamson, with citations, downloads, altmetrics.

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