Research impact is an important factor in attracting government funding for research activity within the university sector. Considerable emphasis is being placed on tracking citations of a researcher's published works and publishing within highly-ranked journals.
There are a number of tools available for measuring research impact - both citation impact and journal impact.
Citation databases are key tools in demonstrating the impact of an individual published paper or of a researcher's body of published work. They can be used to:
Major Citation Databases:
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The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.
The ERA 2012 Journal List defines the journals that are eligible for institutions’ ERA 2012 submissions – that is, scholarly, peer reviewed journals that publish original research and were active during the ERA 2012 reference period for research outputs (1 January 2005 – 31 December 2010).
The 2010 journal ranking system of A*, A, B, C was dropped for the 2012 list (read article in The Australian) but a refined journal indicator will be used alongside other indicators - citation analysis, peer review, research income, esteem measures and applied measures. A conference list will not be used for ERA 2012.
Edited list for Art, Design Architecture (distributed in class).
Elsevier (ScienceDirect database)
Intellect (IngentaConnect database)
Wiley/Blackwell (Wiley online library)
Taylor & Francis (Taylor & Francis online)
Oxford University Press (Oxford journals)
Sage Journals (Sage journals online)
Monash University Research Repository - Search for Art and Design.
OAIster - a union catalogue of digital resources - harvests from university repositories.
Trove - Australian national discovery service integrating the contents of Australian university research repositories, including digital theses.