Research Impact Challenge

Introduction to the Research Impact Challenge

Research is a complex process. A key part of scholarship is the communication of research activities. Knowing how to effectively communicate research improves the likelihood that your research outputs are discoverable, usable, and sharable by relevant scholars and stakeholders which ultimately may increase your scholarly impact. This impact occurs when research generates some benefit (e.g. health, economic, cultural facets) and builds the academic knowledge base. Considerations of the roles of authors, content, sources, impact, reputation, and rankings are increasingly important in analyzing contributions to the research lifecycle. As the research landscape changes, emerging metrics and tools can help you determine the impact of your research.

From August 10th to August 14th, the Lane Medical Library will be leading a Research Impact Challenge. The Research Impact Challenge is designed to engage Stanford students and researchers to better manage their scholarly presence and the impact of their work. This event is held in collaboration with Gear Up for Research Communication, an online symposium sharing methods and unique ideas for communicating the meaning and significance of research.

During this challenge, we will be emailing daily instructions for completing a short activity over the course of one week. Each activity will take no more than a few minutes and can stand alone and be completed separately at a time that is convenient for you.

These daily activities will help you:

  • Manage your online scholarly and professional presence
  • Share data and other research outputs
  • Self achieve publications to increase discoverability 
  • Leverage social media to make connections and promote your work
  • Monitor the impact of your work

Challenge accepted? Please sign-up here