Measuring and describing the impact of academic research is becoming increasingly important in Indonesia and around the world. This has placed considerable emphasis on tracking citations of a researcher's published works and publishing within highly-ranked journals.
Research impact measurement is often described using quantitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and using researcher specific metrics such as the h-index. You may hear this type of measurement referred to as 'bibliometrics'. More recently, and somewhat complementary, "altmetrics" attempt to show influence and engagement from blogs, social networks, and other social media web platforms.
Impact can also be described qualitatively in terms of social and cultural measures such as awards and prizes, civic influence, conference presentations, editorships, international engagement, patents, registered designs, research fellowships, and more.
Different subject areas will focus on different measures to describe research impact. Traditionally, science and medicine rely much more heavily on quantitative measures than the arts and humanities. The focus on different measures may also change depending on the purpose for measuring research impact.
This guide provides information and tools for measuring research impact:
This guide was adapted from http://rmit.libguides.com/researchimpact and used with permission from the Library/RMIT University.
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