Research Impact Social Science

Maximising the Impacts of Your Research: A Handbook for Social Scientists

About this Handbook

handbook coverThere are few academics who are interested in doing research that simply has no influence on anyone else in academia or outside. Some perhaps will be content to produce ‘shelf-bending’ work that goes into a library (included in a published journal or book), and then over the next decades ever-so-slightly bends the shelf it sits on. But we believe that they are in a small minorityThe whole point of social science research is to achieve academic impact by advancing your discipline, and (where possible) by having some positive influence also on external audiences – in business, government, the media or civil society.

For the past year a team of academics based at the London School of Economics, the University of Leeds and Imperial College have been working on a ‘Research Impacts’ project aimed at developing precise methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of research in the public sphere. We believe the our data will be of interest to all UK universities how to better capture and track the impacts of their social science research and applications work.

Part of our task is to develop guidance for colleagues interested in this field. 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. It provides a large menu of sound and evidence-based advice and guidance on how to ensure that your work achieves its maximum visibility and influence with both academic and external audiences. As with any menu, readers need to pick and choose the elements that are relevant for them. We provide detailed information on what constitutes good practice in expanding the impact of social science research. We also survey a wide range of new developments, new tools and new techniques that can help make sense of a rapidly changing field.

We hope that this Handbook will be of immediate practical value for academics, lead researchers, research staff, academic mentors, research lab leaders, chairs and research directors of academic departments, and administrative staff assisting researchers or faculty team leaders in their work.


Introduction: Defining Research Impacts
Chapter 1: What Shapes the Citing of Academic Publications
Chapter 2: Using Citation Tracking Systems
Chapter 3: Key Measures of Academic Influence
Chapter 4: Getting Better Cited
Chapter 5: Patterns of external research impacts
Chapter 6: Is there an impacts gap?
Chapter 7: How researchers achieve external impacts
Chapter 8: Organisational impacts
Chapter 9: Expanding external research impacts



Published by: LSE Impact Blog (2019). Retrieved from

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Doctor en Ciencias Filosóficas (2017), ha sido profesor del Departamento de Filosofía de la Universidad de La Habana y Director Académico del Centro Cultural Calazans (Cuba) en conjunto con la Universidad Cristóbal Colón (México). Es autor del libro "Una pasión inútil. Muerte y libertad en la Obra Filosófica de Jean-Paul Sartre". Co-autor de antologías y textos para la enseñanza de ciencias sociales, filosofía y metodología de la investigación social. Ensayista en medios de divulgación y prensa digital. Recientemente como profesor invitado ha impartido conferencias en Belgrado y Grecia. A nivel regional ha sido Primer Premio en la categoría de ensayo en Ciencias Sociales por la revista académica TEMAS; Primer Premio en el Concurso Internacional de Ensayos "Enséñame a pensar", organizado por UNESCO, Revista Utopía e instituciones de México y Colombia en el 2013; entre otros premios y reconocimientos. Ha sido editor y revisor en diversas revistas académicas. Actualmente es Editor General de Revista Publicando y Director de Dialektika. Miembro de Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)

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