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Research Impact Metrics

Please contact us at scholcomm [at] ucsd [dot] edu to schedule a consultation.

This guide provides an overview of finding, gathering, and using metrics and other information about your research and scholarship to tell the story of your scholarly impact.

Borrowing from the Economic and Social Research Council (UKRI): 

  • Academic impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent social and economic research makes in shifting understanding and advancing scientific method, theory and application across and within disciplines
  • Economic and societal impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent social and economic research makes to society and the economy, and its benefits to individuals, organisations and/or nations. 

Where you may need to highlight or demonstrate the impact of your scholarly work.

  • Preparing your promotion and tenure (P&T) dossier.
  • For foreign scholars, completing requirements related to visas and permanent residency.
  • Applying for grants, and reporting on the activities of your funded research where you may be asked to identify "broader impacts of your work."
  • Applying for jobs, and updating your CV.
  • Identifying yourself as an expert outside of your academic peers (media, public, legislators, etc.). 

Use the links to the left to navigate through the guide.  

Who can I contact for help on finding and using these metrics? What about workshops?

We offer consultations or workshops on demand for individuals, research groups, departments and others.

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to email us at Please include your status, department (or major or research center), and how many people are interested in the training. One of us will get back to you.

UC San Diego Library Scholarly Communications Working Group, Instruction/Outreach Team

Allegra Swift
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Karen Heskett
Biomedical and Instruction Librarian
Teri Vogel
Chemistry, Materials Science, and NanoEngineering Librarian

Rethinking Research Assessment

Judgment and decision-making biases that impact how we weigh options and make choices have been shown to result in inequitable review, promotion, and hiring practices. While recognizing these biases at a personal level is important, creating new structural and institutional conditions to reduce bias can be even more valuable.

DORA Rethinking Research Assessment;

DORA Ideas for Action infographic pdf