Areas like the humanities and social sciences are not well served by bibliometrics, so require alternative measures. There are many other areas, like health sciences, that are also interested in non-scholarly impact.
Type of impact
- Public policy
How can I identify non-scholarly impact?
The most appropriate places to look will depend on the type of research being undertaken, in what form the research is being disseminated and what type of impact you are looking to measure.
The aim is to identify examples of where your research has been mentioned, discussed or applied, in non-scholarly material. Possible sources include:
- Government publications, policy documents and government websites
- Media databases like Factiva or TVNews or websites like The Conversation
- Patent databases and issued patents
- TGA approved drugs and treatment guidelines
These measures tend to be more qualitative and subjective; they require more time to collect and collate and can often be difficult to quantify.