The definition of research impact can be looked at in a number of different ways. This is because impact can take many forms and functions.
In general we can say that research impact is the demonstrable change or benefits to the wider society, economy or the environment that arises through research.
The impact we are referring to is not about journal factors, bibliometrics or H indices.
It is what demonstrable difference is being made, outside of academia, in the real world.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of impact, you can either read our blog summary or download our Collecting Research Impact Evidence guide.
For more information on the definition of impact, visit our What Is Research Impact? page.