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Research Impact

What is Research Impact?

"Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individual, organisations and nations..." (Research Councils UK)

"Research impact refers to the influence scholarly and creative enquiry has upon wider society, intended as well as unintended, immediate as well as protracted. It includes the influence such research has upon future researchers within the discipline as well as in other disciplines and on public policy, quality of life, social cohesion, business innovation, the environment, artistic and creative practices, commercial and economic activity, administrative and institutional development, and political and cultural understanding" (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014)

Simply stated, "research impact" is how your research affects the world around you. This guide will provide a basic overview of tools you can use to understand your personal, departmental, or research group's impact, and tools you can use to manage your impact.


Why measure your impact?

There are several reasons to measure your impact. Understanding your impact can help support your application for tenure or promotion, or strengthen a research grant application. Understanding your impact can also help you identify how your research is being used, and connect with other researchers that are using your work, or similar work. This can help you identify potential collaborators within and outside of your institution.

The University of Toronto Libraries is happy to help you figure out how to best represent your impact. Contact your liaison librarian for more information. For more information on Journal Impact, visit the Help with Journals LibGuide.

This guide was created and managed by Lillian Rigling, GSLA in Scholarly Communications and Copyright.