Demonstrate your Impact

Build your track record

Citation-based metrics can be used as evidence of your track record and impact. When we talk about impact, we refer to academic impact and research impact. Academic impact usually involves metrics such as the h-index, total citations and top outputs, whereas research impact is “the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research” (Australian Research Council). Academic and research impact are both important for career development and grant applications.

Here are commonly used metrics and tools that will help you track and benchmark your work.

Types of metrics

Author metrics

What are they?

They are metrics made to demonstrate the impact of an individual author or group of authors.



For more details on researcher profiles like ORCID and Google Scholar, see Improve your online visibility.

Article metrics

What are they?

They are metrics made to demonstrate the impact of individual articles.



Promote and engage

Dissemination is a key step after publishing your work. Here are tips on how to raise your visibility and engage with potential end users.

Improve your online visibility

In addition to building your track record, researcher profiles and author identifiers showcase your research outputs and help funders, collaborators and others find you and your work. The following are essential profiles you should have and maintain.

    You need to create an account and complete your profile with your essential information and outputs. Your ORCID # is a unique identifier for publishing and applying for funds. Visit ORCID@UTS for more information on and the benefits of an ORCID.
  • Google Scholar Profile
    Use your personal Gmail account to ensure you have ongoing access to the profile.
  • UTS Staff profile (Discovery)
    The Discovery platform makes it easy to set up your UTS staff profile and automatically pulls data from your Symplectic account including claimed outputs, funded research and teaching activities.

Tips for maintaining your profiles

Grant deadlines can be very tight, so keeping an up to date profile means you have all the data easily at hand. We recommend that you:

  • Integrate ORCID with Symplectic Elements
  • Link Scopus ID, Web of Science Researcher ID and other author identifiers in Symplectic Elements and enable auto claim of publications.
  • Run author search by your name in Scopus and Web of Science regularly, if your publications are split into multiple author records, request to merge these records in Scopus or claim the additional author records in Web of Science.
  • Set up alerts for new citations and articles (e.g. Scopus, Google Scholar and Altmetric Explorer)

Social media and networking

Social media can help you to:

  • increase the visibility and credibility of your research
  • distribute your research outputs quickly
  • explore potential collaborations
  • engage a broader, non-academic audience

See also: Guide on Social media for researchers (UCL)

Other methods to promote your research

To increase the visibility of your research you may like to undertake additional actions such as:

  • Contributing to online forums or discussions with summaries for those who are not specialists
  • Share links with your colleagues or via your email signature
  • Develop and make available summaries of your research and data including infographics, images, and files
  • Author opinion and editorial content for mainstream press

See also: Tips and Tricks: Promoting your research online

Track engagement

Altmetric Explorer tracks and reports conversations and attention to your work from thousands of online sources, including mainstream news outlets, policy documents and social media.

Getting help

Librarians can provide advice on finding and selecting the best citation-based metrics for your track record, developing your research profile and promoting your work.

Request a consultation with a librarian.