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New Guide for Assessing the Impact of Your Research Now Available

What is the impact of your research?

Becker Medical Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, Assessing the Impact of Research. Realizing that now, more than ever, researchers need to be aware of the impact of their biomedical research, a team at the library has developed a Model for Assessment of Research Impact that provides a practical, do-it-yourself tool for tracking the post-publication effect/influence of that research.

Assessing the Impact of Research

In addition to the Model, the site provides an in-depth analysis of the different kinds of research impact and their importance. Included are both guidance for quantifying and documenting research impact and resources for locating evidence of research impact. The website also includes strategies that investigators can utilize in order to enhance the diffusion of research output generated by a clinical or bench study.

The Model for Assessment of Research Impact project grew from an initial request from a principal investigator from the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) for assistance in analyzing the citation impact of OHTS publications. The wide range of citation rates sparked an interest in delving deeper - why were some publications cited so often in other peer-reviewed journal articles and patents? And was this indicative of significant findings that may have resulted in translational outcomes? If so, what were those clinical outcomes and could they be revealed? What other evidence of research impact could be discovered by going beyond a mere citation analysis?

The benefits of a more in-depth assessment of research impact become apparent as competition for funding stiffens and the speed of medical discovery quickens. They include:

  • Quantify and document research impact
  • Justify future requests for funding
  • Quantify return on research investment
  • Identify similar research projects
  • Identify possible collaborators
  • Determine if research findings are duplicated, confirmed, corrected, improved, or repudiated
  • Demonstrate that research findings are resulting in meaningful health outcomes

Feedback on how to improve or expand the Becker model is most welcome as are examples of additional indicators that can be used to document and quantify evidence of biomedical research impact. Ideas for other resources that may be useful for locating evidence of biomedical research impact are also welcome.

For more information about Assessing the Impact of Research, contact Cathy Sarli.

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