Researcher Metrics

Evaluating your overall impact as a researcher is as meaningful as evaluating your publication outlets when applying for grants/new positions/study leave/ promotion.


  • Has your research been instrumental in changing policy/practice?
  • Media/social media appearances (interviews, regular media slots, blog mentions etc)
  • Social media followers – e.g. Twitter, Researchgate
  • Your cites per paper compared to field
  • If your research assisted in attaining an outstanding result in ERA 3
  • Holding a patent in your field


  • A widely used indicator of research career performance, particularly in fields where journal publications are the accepted indicator of high impact. The higher the h-index the better but should be used in the context of your field. An h-index of 10 means 10 of your publications have been cited 10 times or more.

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