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Research Metrics: Broadening Impact

Helping the researcher to navigate metrics

Broaden Your Impact

Today, there are many new forms of scholarly publishing, networking and collaborating. Outside the more traditional means of scholarly communication, researchers can now reach vast and distant audiences well beyond the borders of their research communities. This guide provides links to some of these new tools for sharing work and connecting with potential collaborators.

Reasons to Develop an Online Presence

  • make your research and teaching activities better known
  • increase the chance of publications getting cited
  • permit correct attribution, names and affiliation
  • make sure that a much as possible is counted in research assessments
  • increase the chance of new contacts for research collaboration
  • increase the chance of funding
  • serve the larger society better

By broadcasting your article across various social media, you will increase its visibility. Share graphs or other visual elements of your research via Twitter and direct users to the article itself via its publisher provided DOI.

Source: LibGuides: Measuring your research impact: Broadening your impact. (n.d.). Retrieved July 2, 2019, from

Use the Following Tools to Distinguish Yourself by Disambiguating Your Name

Provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

A unique identifier that allows researchers to manage their publication lists and avoid author misidentification.

ISNI is the ISO certified global standard number for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers, producers, publishers, aggregators, and more.*
A platform created to allow researchers to share their research. Researchers in all disciplines can share their work and 'follow' others in their field. *Note: is controversial. Go to the "Controversial Tools" tab of Author-level Metrics page for more information.

A popular social networking tool for professionals in all fields. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online CV, and makes finding people in particular fields of work or with particular affiliations easier.

Primarily known as a citation management tool, Mendeley includes a social networking element that allows the sharing of research libraries and tracks downloads and views as an alternative research impact measurement.

Similar to, this platform facilitates sharing of research and collaboration with other researchers in your field. *Note: ResearchGate is controversial. Go to the "Controversial Tools" tab of Author-level Metrics page for more information.

A free online tool for uploading and sharing slide presentations. The number of downloads of your slides can be tracked and used as an alternative measure of research impact.

Provides free, unlimited public space to upload files in any format to be visualized in a browser. Share such research products as figures, datasets, posters and presentations.

Twitter can be used to share links and short messages with a large online community. Twitter is increasingly being used as a communication tool within research communities and as a tool to connect with potential collaborators at professional conferences and meetings.

Vimeo is a free online service for sharing and uploading video content.

A free, easy-to-use web-based software for the creation of websites and blogs.