Research impact

Understanding research impact

Research impact may be measured within, and outside of academia. Metrics such as citation counts may be used however, reporting and metrics capture only part of performance and impact. It can also be measured in terms of collaboration outside academia, influence on policy and engagement with the wider population. You need to be aware of emerging measurements that will determine the impact of your work.

Research impact guide

Promotion opportunities guide

Impact metrics


Metrics indicate the influence of your work and provide evidence for the impact of your research, which will assist when applying for promotion or grants. Metrics may include your number of publications, citation count, percentage of publications cited, and h-index.

Metrics guide




Measuring your impact can be done through more than just traditional measures. Alternative metrics or "altmetrics" measure impact based on mentions of your research outputs in policy documents, news articles, the Internet, and social media.

Altmetrics guide

Increasing visibility

Researcher profiles

Your online profile should extend beyond the academic community. Increase your personal visibility through a professional presence on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well as by taking advantage of institutional researcher pages.

Social media promotion guide


UQ eSpace

UQ eSpace is the institutional repository for the research output and research data of the staff at students at UQ, and the archival home of UQ Higher Degree by Research digital theses. Ensure your UQ eSpace publication profile is up to date to raise the visibility and accessibility of your research. Linking you research identifiers to UQ eSpace is also recommended.

Go to UQ eSpace

Link your identifiers to your UQ eSpace profile

UQ eSpace and open access

Conference presentations

Presenting at conferences is a good way to disseminate your research findings to the wider research community. This can increase the visibility of your research and encourage others to cite your work.

Conferences guide