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Research impact and metrics: Grant applications and promotions

Information for UQ researchers on research impact and how it can assist in getting a grant or promotion. Measures include citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration measures.

Research impact is...

The contribution that research makes to the economy and society and may include:

  • publication citations - the number of times* a research work is cited by others
  • alternative metrics - based on the internet mentions and attention
  • measures of quality and esteem - social and cultural applications.

Learn more about research impact.

the assumption being that important or influential articles will be cited more often than other articles

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Open Access
Consider making your research open access, so your work is more visible and cited more often.

Getting Published
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Research Data Management
Learn about planning, collecting, organising, managing, storage, security, backing up, preserving, and sharing your data.


Metrics, bibliometrics or publication metrics are measures of publication output and related citation counts that may indicate research quality and impact.

This guide will help you:

Research impact can...

  • provide evidence of influence when applying for grants and promotions
  • quantify return on research investment when applying for grant renewals
  • highlight the value of your research in progress reports - including school, institute, research centre reviews and the Excellence in Research Australia framework
  • identify who is using your work.

Research evaluation considerations