Research Impact in July

July’s Research Bites programme is all about Research Impact. Just turn up, no need to book!

REF Impact 101

Monday 4th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
An overview of what is considered ‘research impact’ according to the new Research Excellence Framework (REF), and what is eligible for submission.
Amy Gibbons, Faculty Impact Manager, Faculty of Science & Technology

Collecting and curating impact evidence

Thursday 7th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Why it’s important to gather evidence of research impact, identifying what constitutes evidence, and how best to collate and store it.
Jacqueline Young, Impact Officer, Research Services

Writing ‘Pathways to Impact’ statements

Wednesday 13th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
What they are, why they’re important, and some tips on best practice.
Ross Dachraoui, Impact Officer, Research Services

Proactive partnerships for impact

Tuesday 19th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Co-designing productive impact driven research.
Nick King & Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

Recording impact using Pure

Thursday 21st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 19
Use the University Research Information System, Pure, to record your research impact.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research Services

Measuring academic impact using citations and bibliometrics

Tuesday 26th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how citations and bibliometrics can be used to indicate academic impact.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

What SciVal can tell us about academic impact

Thursday 28th July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 4
Learn how this powerful research analytics tool can give you insights into academic impact.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library

Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens

Some Research Bites attendees may be interested in the Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens seminar on Tuesday 24th May, 1-3pm.

In this seminar, James Wilsdon, who chaired The Metric Tide, will outline its main findings, and reflect on ongoing efforts to influence debates about UK research policy and funding, including over the design of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is currently the focus of a further review by Lord Stern.

Paul Ashwin, in the context of the proposed TEF, will examine the challenges of developing measures of teaching quality that do not simply reflect institutional prestige.

Both speakers will consider what a culture of ‘responsible metrics’ might look like for research and teaching, and the opportunities and obstacles to achieving this.

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This talk is part of the Designing the Academic Self series, sponsored by the Academics Writing project and the Northwest Doctoral Training Center and is open to early career researchers and doctoral students from Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool universities.

To book your place, visit Eventbrite. 

Introducing Scopus

Thanks to those who attended the Research Bites session Introducing Scopus’ last week. Unfortunately the session was not recorded on this occasion. The following features were demonstrated following the introductory slides.

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  • Document search
  • Author search
  • Affiliation search
  • Brief look of citation analysis tools and metrics such as citation counts, publishing trends and h-index

Scopus provide useful help and tutorials, details of coverage and short videos, such as this one.


Do documents published while at previous institutions appear in an author’s publication list? Yes. All items in Scopus linked to an author will appear in their document list, regardless of the research organisation they were affiliated to at the time. However they will only appear in the document list of the affiliated research organisation, which makes acknowledgement of affiliation more important than ever.

Does the Library support the use of SciVal, Elsevier’s research intelligence tool? No, not currently.

More than your h-index

Again, to those who came to this Research Bites session called More than your h-index?, which was all about author bibliometrics, many thanks for staying for a slightly longer than advertised session, and for taking part in the interesting discussions that were sparked by the presentation.

The slides are available here:

Follow on information:

Does the h-index only cover journal articles? This actually varies from source to source, and also what the h-index is in relation to. Theoretically you can use any type of work that accrues citations and calculate the h-graph based on that. Citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science may not include every document an author has published as they have deliberate coverage policies (Scopus’ Content Coverage is available in detail. Web of Science coverage depends on your subscription and the h-index will vary accordingly). The h-index is calculated based on the items listed in the results list in either database, the majority of which are likely to be journal articles and conference proceedings. If there are letters, editorials etc in the list, they will be included, though items that were not cited at all will not affect the h-index.

Are patents covered? Although patents can be found through Scopus they are not included in the h-index. Patents (and many other things) are excluded from Google Scholar’s metrics coverage.

Thomson Reuters (prop. Web of Science) do have a product called Derwent Innovations Index, which allows patent searching and citation analysis of patents. (Possibly an interesting paper describing the h-index for patents by Jian Cheng Guan and Xia Gao).

Bang those Robots’ Heads together

Thanks to those of you who attended the Introduction to Citation Analysis at the start of July. The session was longer than advertised, and I appreciated you staying until the end!

The session covered:

  • What is citation analysis
  • What is it for?
  • How do I analyse citations? – Web of Science and Scopus
  • What’s wrong with citation analysis?

The slides are available here:

and if you wish, you can watch the full recording of the session. NB. Recordings work best using any browser other than Google Chrome.