Skip to main content

Research Impact Challenge

This guide contains 10 activities for researchers to better understand and manage their online scholarly presence, as well as the impact and reach of their research.

Research Impact Challenge

This guide contains 10 activities to help researchers better understand and manage their online scholarly presence, as well as the impact and reach of their research. The activities are presented as daily "challenges" that researchers might accomplish over the course of two weeks. However, each activity stands alone and can be completed separately from the others. You should feel free to select the activities that are most relevant to you and complete them in any order you wish. 

Week 1 of the challenge (days 1-5) focuses on online scholarly presence: how can you ensure that you and your work are represented accurately and appropriately on the web? 

Week 2 of the challenge (days 6-10) focuses on the various ways to measure the success and impact of scholarly work, and strategies for situating yourself and your research in order to make a compelling case for your work. 

Please note that these activities were designed and written specifically for researchers at the University of Michigan. While most of them can be easily adapted for use elsewhere (and you are welcome and encouraged to do this!), some instructions are specific to a U-M environment or may refer to resources at the U-M Library that are not universally available. 

Let's get started!