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For Researchers

Library resources and services to assist Southern Cross University researchers throughout the research lifecycle

What is research impact?

ARC definition of Research Impact.

Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.

Australian Research Council - Research Impact Principles and Framework

Southern Cross University outcomes of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) in 2015 attest to the outstanding quality of research undertaken at SCU.

Research impact and metrics

Find your publications and their citations

Database/source Use for...
Web of Science

all disciplines

create a ResearcherID, find your h-index and who is citing you


all disciplines - including humanities

find your h-index and who is citing you

Google Scholar

all disciplines

find who is citing you

create a Google Scholar profile to find your h-index

H-index is a measure of citation count, allowing a measure of a person’s research impact. For example, an h-index of 10 means that a person has 10 publications that have been cited at least 10 times.

Maximising the Exposure of Your Research: Search Engine Optimisation and why it matters - Blog post covering writing keywords, titles and abstracts for search engine optimisation.


Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles


Scientists: ignore the rules on writing to get citations

Article reporting a research project that found that papers with long abstracts are associated with higher citations.


Raise your research profile, University of Leeds webpage -


Researcher Profile guide from the Utrecht University Library -


The Research Whisper blog -


Make the data underlying the research openly available - article titled 'Data reuse and the open data citation advantage'


Search Engine Optimization: For Authors - (


Get Found – optimize your research articles for search engines (


SciDevNet - leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology.


The Research Whisperer -


Altmetric Blog -


Effective Strategies for Increasing Citation Frequency, International Education Studies; Vol. 6, No. 11; 2013