Q. How can I make my research have bigger impact?
There are several resources you can use to help make your research have the biggest possible impact.
By uploading your work to the University of Salford's Institutional Repository the work becomes searchable by others, including ensuring it appears in search engines, and therefore much easier to find. For help see Depositing Research Material in the University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR).
Journal Citation Reports
This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals, which includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.
Journal Citation Reports can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, the highest impact journals in a field, and the largest journals in a field. If you are thinking of publishing an article it is a useful tool to help you decide which journals you could submit your paper to, for maximum impact.
To use Journal Citation Reports go to: http://isiknowledge.com/JCR/. Once in JCR, see the 'Information for New Users' link for information about using the service.
Bibliometrics is a term used to describe the statistical analysis of the impact of research; bibliometric methods can be used to measure the impact of an academic journal article, the impact of a group of researchers, or the impact of a field of research. Most typically, bibliometrics are used to analyse the number of citations a journal article receives in subsequent articles, thus indicating the impact the original article had on future research in that field.
For more information see Bibliometrics.