Impact of research
Emerald's philosophy concerning impact of research
For more than 40 years, Emerald has firmly believed in publishing research designed to have impact on different audiences (more information is available in our Publishing Philosophy). As a publisher that communicates scholarly research, we see that we play an important role in ensuring that the wider community benefits from the articles and book chapters that we publish.
What does Emerald mean by impact?
We have a broad view of impact and encourage research that supports teaching, that contributes to the body of knowledge, that helps companies to be better managed, that influences public bodies and policymakers, that benefits society or the environment, or that contributes to economic development:
We don't, of course, believe that every piece of research should fulfil all of these criteria.
In recent years, "research impact" has become a major topic of debate within the academy; this is largely due to the processes for evaluating research and the allocation of funds. The discussion has now even taken on a political dimension: some strongly arguing "for" or "against" impact. Of course, the purpose of research will differ across disciplines and it is important that we don't lose sight of what we are seeking to achieve.
How does Emerald measure impact?
We have identified a number of methods of capturing and measuring impact, including:
- Inclusion of research in courseware
- Media comment
- Implementation in practice
- Transformation of research for new audiences
If you are aware of other methods, please do contact Emerald to share your ideas.
How does Emerald provide impact information?
Emerald seeks to provide impact information through:
- citation and "impact" figures;
- usage data;
- recognizing papers that are excellent and fulfil impact criteria through a number of awards;
- informing the press when we are aware of research that has interest for a wider public audience;
- providing a range of journals and books for different target audiences (we believe that not all titles should be measured on citation alone if they communicate to a range of readers);
- transforming over 200 appropriate research papers each year into a shorter format for easier understanding and more immediate impact in practice and in the classroom;
- adding "social implications" to the structured abstracts that Emerald requires from journal authors (this means that our abstract now explicitly seeks to draw out research implications, practical implications and social implications).
Emerald impact resources
Emerald has a host of resources and guides for authors and for researchers, many of which are specifically designed to increase the impact of your research, including:
Further information about impact can be found from several other sources including, but not limted to, those listed below (please contact Emerald if you know of others you think should be added):
- Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM)
AIM is a UK leader in the field of management research, bringing academics together with business, public sector and policy thinkers in order to develop and deliver research of a world class standard which has an immediate and significant impact on management practice.
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Report on Impact
2008 analysis of the research carried out within business schools, with extensive recommendations to increase its value and visibility.
- Aston Business School
Research at Aston Business School is designed to be useful to business and management, to inform policy at the regional, national and international level, and to advance theory.
- Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia
A range of resources has been brought together to inform academic researchers on methods for selecting journals including links to various citation analysis databases (e.g. ISI, Google Scholar, Scopus, etc.). The CAGS site provides information relevant to the Australian context, especially for the government recognised Field of Research 1501 'Accounting, Auditing and Accountability'.
- Economic and Social Research Council
This tool kit can help you to communicate your research and achieve maximum impact.
- Impact Assessment Research Centre (IARC)
The increasing interest in evidence-based policy-making has raised new challenges and debates among impact assessment researchers and practitioners. By encouraging an integrated approach to impact assessment, the IARC at the University of Manchester seeks to strengthen the linkages between different impact assessment methodologies and practices.
- LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog
A joint project between the LSE, Imperial College, and the University of Leeds that seeks to provide a forum for academics, researchers, and others interested in increasing the impact of social science research on government and policymaking, business and civil society.
- National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Tools and resources to help you engage with the public.