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Tracking and Enhancing your Research Impact (workshop)

Tracking and Enhancing your Research Impact (online workshop)


This online, introductory workshop will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • Establishing your author identity using ORCID and researcher IDs.
  • Understanding and tracking common metrics such as journal impact, factors, h-index, and times cited.
  • Understanding and tracking altmetrics (alternative metrics) such as views, downloads, and mentions in online media.
  • Enhancing your impact through journal choice and open access, and promoting your work via research profiles and online media.

Once a week, for five weeks, participants receive an email with links to information on the topic for that week.  Work at your own pace.

Workshop dates:

October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, 2019


What do we mean by impact?


Research impact can be defined in several ways.  For this workshop, we are talking about scholarly impact, that which is traditionally measured by citations.  


Another type is broader impact, defined by the National Science Foundation as "the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes."  Although this is not the main focus of this workshop, we will touch on it a bit.



Research Impact Essentials


  • Manage author identity
  • Make research discoverable
  • Choose publication venues wisely
  • Promote your work
  • Track your research metrics


Today we'll start with managing your author identity.

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