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:

Impact is impact is impact?

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.

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