This research guide provides tools and information to help junior faculty and students increase the impact of their research activities through journal selection, using metrics platforms and Library-subscribed citation platforms, and exploring non-traditional approaches. This guide can be useful during funding, promotion and tenure applications and for appraisals and when academic and funding institutions require you to substantiate the impact of your research.
In Yale-NUS College, research is an important activity for students, researchers and teaching faculty that enhances humanistic, scientific and societal impact. Since 2012, publications by Yale-NUS College faculty and researchers have covered a wide range of research areas from anthropology to urban studies. Traditional impact factors such as Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and article level metrics measure research impact within research communities, used in promotion and tenure exercises and to find and evaluate documents. Non-traditional impact factors such as altmetrics aim to measure the impact of research on society and in policy formulation and industries.
Metrics vary by disciplines and research areas within a discipline, and by purposes. Metrics also vary by types of activities and documents: peer review, book reviews, research grants, newspaper articles, patent mentions, etc. A metric that is appropriate and suitable for a discipline may not be appropriate or suitable for another discipline and this extends even to research areas within the same discipline. Check out the metrics that your peers are using and how, when and why they use them. Also, how are they using your research? Are they citing, talking or tweeting about it? You can join them on these platforms to raise your profile, identify research trends and market needs.