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What is a Research Impact?

Research Impact is defined by the Australian Research Council as:

"Research impact is 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 imperative to demonstrate the value of research and the return on financial investment for research activities has become increasingly important. Many funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical research Council (NHMRC), require the researcher to demonstrate how well they engage with the "end-user" of their research and the impact of said research on society, environment and economy.

There are many ways to track and demonstrate the impact of your research.

  1. Inputs: Research income and resources, Collections etc
  2. Research Activities: Research work, Community and stakeholder engagement etc
  3. Outputs: Publications, media mentions, policy development etc
  4. Outcomes: Implementation of policy programs, citations etc
  5. Benefits: Economic, Health, Social, Cultural, Quality of Life, Public Policy or Services

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Manage your publications

It is good practice to keep a record of your search results, methodology and strategy.

Citation Managers - tracks sources and formats bibliographies as well as downloads citations from library catalogs and databases.

Citation Generators - formats your source in your chosen referencing style.

See our Referencing help guide.