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Impact and sharing

We can help you understand how to measure and amplify the impact of your research. If you want any help or advice, please email

Types of impact

Academic impact: the contribution that research makes to advances in understanding, method, theory and application across and within disciplines.

Economic and societal impact: the demonstrable contribution that research makes to society and the economy. This is the type of impact used in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) audit and impact case studies. For help and information about impact in relation to the REF, contact Betty Woessner, REF & Systems Coordinator in Research Services and register to use the Vertigo Ventures impact tracker software.

Why does impact matter?


Benefits for society

Research with impact can help to:

  • make sure that decisions on policy and practice are informed by secure evidence
  • improve the effectiveness and sustainability of public, private and third sector organisations
  • improve social welfare and cohesion
  • increase economic prosperity, wealth creation and regeneration
  • enhance cultural enrichment and quality of life.



Benefits for researchers

Researching with impact in mind can help you:

  • get early feedback – to help shape your research agenda and improve methodologies
  • make sure your research is meaningful, timely and useful
  • help recruit participants for focus groups, surveys or experiments
  • develop new skills and raising your profile
  • get support for funding submissions, career development and progression
  • decide where to publish and check that people are using your research.



How to make your work OA

Your impact

How to find out and increase your own impact and how to keep your author profiles tidy on different databases


The impact of works

Assess the impact of journals and articles and make this information work for you

social media

Social media

Promote your work on social media to increase your impact, with these social media guides from the Office for Scholarly Communication


Metrics Toolkit

Evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied 



Assert ownership of your research outputs and annotate them to increase their visibility

Funder policies


Use this tool to find alternative metrics to assess your impact

Use SciVal to estimate your impact

Find key bibliometric data about your research impact with this tool based on Scopus data



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