Impact is the effect, change or contribution that your research makes to society. It can be useful to think about the process as an impact journey involving inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts, and to consider who will benefit from your research and how they will benefit.
Impact can be:
Collecting evidence of your activities, outcomes, and impacts is important in helping you to represent a comprehensive picture of your research impact. This may include bibliometrics and other quantitative indicators, as well as qualitative information and evidence.
It is always beneficial to publish your article in a journal which is indexed in the most popular databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. This improves the visibility of the article in the research community. There are, however, many other ways to increase the visibility and impact of your research, for example:
Note: It is recommended to have a wide range of ways to share the information about your research, such as via social media including ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley, to increase the visibility and impact of your research. Researchers are, however, responsible for any content they upload or share via social media, which is protected by copyright. Check in advance each publisher’s self-archiving policy if you have the necessary right to share a version of your publications through these forums.
Citizen science allows for the democratisation of science and reinforces societal trust in science.
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