The LSE Public Policy group have produced a handbook that focuses on understanding and maximising impact. The authors note that:
In the past, there has been no one source of systematic advice on how to maximize the academic impacts of your research in terms of citations and other measures of influence. And almost no sources at all have helped researchers to achieve greater visibility and impacts with audiences outside the university. Instead researchers have had to rely on informal knowledge and picking up random hints and tips here and there from colleagues, and from their own personal experience. This Handbook remedies this key gap and opens the door to researchers achieving a more professional and focused approach to their research from the outset.
The handbook addresses both academic and external impact, and some of the topics it covers include:
- What shapes the citing of academic publications?
- Tracking citations, including new-internet based tracking systems
- Key measures of academic influence
- Strategies for getting better cited
- External (i.e., non-academic) research impacts
The book can be accessed (in .pdf format) from the link below: