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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.


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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

Showcasing your research

Southern Cross Research Portal is the institutional repository of Southern Cross University, highlighting the scholarly and creative works produced by SCU authors and researchers, as well as special collections managed by SCU Library.

Researchers are responsible for reporting their publications through the university's research management system IRMA. Library staff verify publications and check copyright before uploading papers into the repository.

Please note that, due to copyright regulations, some items in the repository appear as citations only.
For more information please email


What are they?

Author citation profiles on Google Scholar

Add your published papers and other research to your profile.

Google will keep track of how often your papers are cited, graph this data and calculate an H-index and i10-index.


Can also include other research such as books, conference papers, theses and blog posts.

—Can link to co-authors if they also have public profiles, expanding reach and accessibility.

—View citation counts for your research.

—Good coverage for social sciences.

Easy to setup and maintain, scholarly articles (usually)added automatically.


Author’s names are not standardised, common names can prove tricky to isolate.

Results can be duplicated, need to check.