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Research Assessment and Impact

This guide provides information about crafting impact statements and using metrics or other evidence to showcase research performance.


"Collaborative approaches to research leads to improved quality and outcomes" (Tigges et al., 2019). Benefits flow when researchers, universities, industry and other sectors collaborate (ACOLA, 2023). Collaboration metrics provide information on the research partnerships of academic entities:

  • Geographic collaboration metrics uses publication and citation data to showcase an entity's co-authorship at institutional, national and international levels.
  • Sector collaboration metrics uses publication and citation data to showcase co-authorship between a researcher and other sectors such as  private industry, government and NGOs.
  • Geographic collaboration impact calculates the average citations received by the sets of outputs that have international, national or institutional co-authorship.
  • Sector collaboration impact is useful to benchmarking the average influence of an entity’s publications with and without cross-sector collaboration
  • SciVal is recommended for sourcing collaboration metrics.

Metric source at JCU

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