Improve your Research Profile (2): What is impact and why should you care?
The second in an 8-part series on improving your research profile, reputation and impact. Discusses the various forms of impact and explains why citation impact is important.
This presentation is part of an 8-part series that I created in my role as Staff Development Lead at Middlesex University (see: Supportive, inclusive & collaborative research cultures). The series is comprised of three key parts:
- Introduction: Session 1 (why are research profiles so important?), Session 2 (what is impact and why should you care?)
- Metrics & citation impact: Session 3 (crash course data sources and metrics), Session 4 (citation analysis with Publish or Perish), Session 5 (how to get cited, ethically!).
- Social media: Session 6 (why and how of social media), Session 7 (7 steps to improved reputation and impact), Session 8 (tips for time poor academics).
Well no... There are many forms of impact and they can be linked to our three primary academic roles: research, teaching, and engagement. In this second presentation, I explain the various forms of impact (see also Impact is impact is impact? Well, no...).
This is a presentation series on how to improve your research profile and reputation. Hence, I will not discuss teaching, there are other fora to learn more about that. Furthermore, I focus primarily on your impact in the academic community rather than on external impact. Even so, all my suggestions on how to improve academic impact can be applied equally to external impact.
The final part of this second presentation explains briefly why you should care about citation impact and why it is important to know if your work is cited. And no, this is not just about performance appraisal, promition, or other research evaluations. There are important intrinsic reasons too! Watch the presentation to find out more.
Other posts in this series
- Improve your Research Profile (1): Why is it so important?
- Improve your Research Profile (2): What is impact and why should you care?
- Improve your Research Profile (3): Getting savvy about data sources & metrics
- Improve your Research Profile (4): Citation analysis in the PoP software
- Improve your Research Profile (5): The 4Cs of getting cited
- Improve your Research Profile (6): The why and how of Social Media
- Improve your Research Profile (7): Follow the 7 steps for impact
- Improve your Research Profile (8): Tips for time poor academics
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.