As a researcher, choosing where to publish and how to promote your research is critical. Strategic scholarly publishing involves following a systematic approach to ensure you publish in the most effective outlet and maximise success in publishing endeavours. This will help raise your academic profile, increase the visibility and impact of your work and add to the reputation of UQ as a world class research institution and contribute to scholarly discussions in your field.

6. Track

It is important to show the impact of your published research. Metrics show how your research is being read, discussed and applied within and beyond your field. 

There are many ways to demonstrate your research impact and the sources of information used will also differ. Traditional citation counts, Altmetrics, and discourse around how and where your research is being applied can all give an indication of the impact of your work and guide your future publishing approaches.

Author metrics

Consider the following indicators for tracking and evaluating the impact of your article:

  • Publication counts — the number of publications credited to a particular author
  • Citation counts — the number of times an article has been cited by other authors
  • h-index — a calculated indicator of productivity and impact of a researcher
  • Alternative metrics — track mentions, likes and shares on a variety of social platforms, online services and websites
  • Publons record — your record of peer review and service on editorial boards

See our Metrics, impact and engagment pages to discover more ways to increase your impact.

Metrics for UQ

Measures of research impact are important for the University to show how well it performs on a global research stage.  A strong reputation for research will attract new researchers, collaborative partners from Industry and Government sectors and open additional research funding opportunities. 

The University of Queensland is involved in tracking metrics which influence key rankings such as:

National Ranking

ERA – Excellence in Research for Australia