Optimise your research impact

Learn about traditional citation metrics and altmetrics, online attention and the importance of identifiers such is ORCiDs and DOIs for tracking.

The impact of research can be determined in many ways. Traditionally, bibliometrics is used to measure research quality, based on the number of citations and other statistical measures. Alternative metrics, or altmetrics, such as mentions in the media and social media, also help to track the attention your work receives, and may lead to other forms of impact.

To be discoverable in today’s environment, it is important that researchers publish their research for maximum impact and visibility, maintain good online profiles, and ensure that they and their work are associated with unique identifiers like ORCID and digital object identifiers (DOIs).

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Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, is the measurement of online social engagement with research outputs

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Bibliometrics is the use of statistical measures to analyse publication data

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Researcher profiles

Advice for creating a researcher profile and getting an ORCID