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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.

Visibility and publishing strategy

Develop pre- and post-publishing strategies to maximise discoverability:

  • choose quality publishers
  • publish open access
  • publish to engage with different audiences (e.g., discipline colleagues, related disciplines, professionals, industry, government, the community)
  • be clear and concise when communicating with stakeholders (e.g., use simple language, avoid jargon)
  • apply Creative Commons to relevant research outputs
  • provide descriptive metadata for your research outputs
  • deposit your output in ResearchOnline@JCU
  • promote and share your outputs (e.g., DOI, email signature, social media)
  • update online profiles (e.g., ORCID, Scopus, Web of Science)
  • track your metrics to find out what is working and what practices might need refreshing.

Find out more below.

Reuse and Creative Commons

"Creative Commons licences help Australian academics and researchers who want to share their research with a wider audience and encourage others to build on it" (CC Australia, 2022).

A Creative Commons licence provides users with information on how they are permitted to reuse/remix a work without having to contact the creator.

A Creative Commons licence always requires attribution of the creator/s if a work is reused (providing the output creator hasn't waived all rights and given to the work to the public domain).

Find out more about Creative Commons licences.

Discoverability and metadata

Metadata is used to describe information sources to facilitate discoverability. As a result, metadata underpins ResearchOnline@JCU's repository holdings. Metadata basics includes: author/s, title, date, keywords, publisher, DOI. Researcher's can maximise discoverability for their outputs by:

  • developing clear and interesting titles for research outputs
  • using important/trending subject keywords in research output titles, abstracts and keyword sections

The last step is to share these enhanced characteristics when depositing an output to ResearchOnline@JCU or other repositories.

Discoverability and repositories

Research repositories are online spaces managed by libraries and archives where researchers can share their research outputs. At JCU we have ResearchOnline@JCU and Research Data JCU. ResearchOnline@JCU and other repositories are indexed by Google, and this enhances discoverability for research outputs. Enhanced discoverability is particularly important for grey literature (e.g., reports and theses) and NTROs.

Maximise discoverability for your research outputs by depositing your research outputs in ResearchOnline@JCU.

Discoverability and DOIs

Many researchers produce NTROs (non-traditional research outputs) or grey literature (such as reports and theses) that aren't handled by traditional academic publishers and so may not receive the same exposure online. This is where repositories and DOI's can help.

DOIs (digital object identifiers) are unique and persistent identifiers and are commonly attached to scholarly outputs such as books, chapters and journal articles by academic publishers. However, DOIs can also be attached to NTROs and grey literature. Sharing an NTRO or grey literature resource using its DOI (Digital Object Identifier) link means its usage metrics can be tracked and potentially generate an Altmetric score.

If you are considering producing an NTRO or grey literature output, contact ResearchOnline@JCU staff to see if a DOI can be minted.

Profiles and metrics

Each of the following research benchmarking data sources list your research outputs and citations to the extent that they are contained in their datasets. To ensure that the data is comprehensive and accurate, you need to ensure that all of your publications are assigned to your profiles or removed if incorrectly assigned.

The links below will take you to Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Engagement Guide pages that provide information about managing your profile in that database or source. Scopus Author Identifier and Web of Science ResearcherID will be enhanced if you link them to your ORCID profile.

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