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Measuring Research Impact: Ngā Ara Whakatairanga Rangahau | 10 Ways To Boost Your Impact

A guide to measuring the impact of your research

1. Build a pathway to impact into your research planning

Consider your research goals and the audience your research needs to reach. Make decisions accordingly and consider all kinds of impact, scholarly and non-scholarly.

Some funders are starting to ask for pathways to impact as part of grant applications. Think about who might benefit from your research and how. Consider ways you might measure the impact of your research after it's been completed.

2. Get an ORCID and use it as much as possible

Think carefully when choosing keywords and titles. Remember that your research will generally appear higher in search results where a keyword is used multiple times, especially in the title and abstract.

Title Keywords Abstract
Typically 10-12 words long Consider controlled/common vocabulary if relevant Repeat keywords
Be concise Conform to publication guidelines Keep to the word limit
Differentiate from other, similar papers Repeat keywords used in title if guidelines allow this Sufficiently representative of the whole document to be read standalone
Contain keywords Choose keywords commonly used in your field Don't include ambiguous references or insignificant detail
Avoid lesser-known acronyms or jargon Analyse search results for ideas  
Predict the content of the research    
Reflect the tone of the research    
Conform to publication/discipline norms or guidelines  

3. Get an ORCID and use it as much as possible

In your email signature, in any online profiles, in submissions, wherever you can. Ensure that you’ve automated as much profile building as possible.

Other ways to use your ORCID:

  • Enter it whenever you're prompted to do so in a system you trust, e.g. IRIS
  • Authorize Crossref to automatically keep your record up to date
  • Connect to your existing works - use the "Search and link" tool to pull records from major databases and add any missing publications manually
  • Add your ORCID ID to your CV and all your other profiles
  • Download your unique QR code and use it anywhere e.g. personal website

4. Use identifiers to ensure you get credit for your work

Using persistent identifiers such as ORCID and DOIs minimises the risk that your work will be misattributed and optimises the ability of various tools to gather and report on impact and attention.

5. Make sure all your profiles are correct and are correctly linked

Check that your name, affiliation and publications are correct in all databases (IRIS, Scopus, Google Scholar etc). Link profiles and add additional identifiers wherever possible

  Good  Better Best

Create account & make it public

Add name variations

Add or import publications

Add ORCID URL to email signature

Link to IRIS*

Add keywords

Link to website or your other profiles

Display ID on other profiles, submissions

Enable auto updates from Researcher ID etc

Download your unique QR code

Add email, bio, employment

Add education & qualifications

Add membership, service, funding and distinctions

Check for publications

Claim any unassigned publications

Check affiliation*

Add name variations and merge profiles

if necessary

View potential matches

Add Scopus ID in IRIS*

Add preferred name

Authorise ORCID integration

Create account

Check & claim auto added publications

Add a photo

Make your profile public

Manually add missing publications

Add areas of interest

Add website or other profiles

Add co-authors

'Follow' your articles, citations, recommended

'Follow' other peoples articles, citations etc

*staff only

6. Publish Open Access

According to recent research, Open Access articles receive on average 44% more citations than non Open Access articles (White et al, 2019).

7. Deposit your work into Research Commons, your Open Access repository

Many publishing contracts allow accepted manuscripts to be deposited in repositories under certain conditions, even if you haven’t paid a fee for it to be made Open Access. 

Did you know?

80% of journals will allow you to make your paper Open Access for FREE in Research Commons

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By clicking the "Deposit" button, your work will be submitted to the University of Waikato Research Commons for review and approval by Research Commons staff. They will investigate the policy of the journal and get in touch with you if they have any queries. (Note: in most cases, an accepted manuscript is required).

8. Share outputs other than your manuscripts

If appropriate, consider sharing your data sets, software or other digital resources. With the appropriate identifiers, these can then be credited back to you as other researchers make use of them.

9. Promote your work

Make your work as visible as possible. Share it wherever you can, for example, at conferences, on your personal website, through social media or online academic networks.

10. Consider writing for a wider audience

Writing for a wider audience, for example by publishing a lay summary or a blog can open up your research to a wider range of readers, including influencers and policymakers as well as the public, enhancing impact outside of academia

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