Research Impact indicates the reach and influence of a scholarly work brought to academia, society and the economy. The impact indicators would provide insights for:
- Evaluating the quality of the scholarly works;
- How scholarly works are being used;
- Identify who are using the work;
- Identify potential collaborators in the same discipline.
Research Impact can be measured in different ways. The widely recognized metrics have long been citation-based (Bibliometrics), implying the more citation that a researcher / an article / a journal obtained, the more influential these are for any given discipline. Technological advancement revolutionized the way how scholarship are being disseminated and used. This catalyzes new way to track various online attention and engagement (Alternative Metrics) of each individual output.
Research Impact can be presented individually or collaboratively in the following aspects: