Methodologies for measuring research impact for a new interdisciplinary institute

Baker, Janet & Prasolova, Nina (2014) Methodologies for measuring research impact for a new interdisciplinary institute. In Research Support Community Day (VALA2014 Associated Event), 3rd February 2014, University of Melbourne, Copland Theatre, Parkville. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary research is often funded by national government initiatives or large corporate sponsorship, and as such, demands periodic reporting on the use of those funds. For reasons of accountability, governance and communication to the tax payer, knowledge of the outcomes of the research need to be measured and understood. The interdisciplinary approach to research raises many challenges for impact reporting. This presentation will consider what are the best practice workflow models and methodologies.Novel methodologies that can be added to the usual metrics of academic publications include analysis of percentage share of total publications in a subject or keyword field, calculating most cited publication in a key phrase category, analysis of who has cited or reviewed the work, and benchmarking of this data against others in that same category. At QUT, interest in how collaborative networking is trending in a research theme has led to the creation of some useful co-authorship graphs that demonstrate the network positions of authors and the strength of their scientific collaborations within a group. The scale of international collaborations is also worth including in the assessment. However, despite all of the tools and techniques available, the most useful way a researcher can help themselves and the process is to set up and maintain their researcher identifier and profile.

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ID Code: 66953
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: performance, interdisciplinary, governance, HERN, bibliometrics, author collaboration
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Informetrics (080705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Copyright Owner: The Authors
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2014 06:46
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:04

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