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Reporting Outputs

The University's Research Information website contains information about how to report research outcomes and measuring impact and information about the various reporting tools  available. The website also provides links to details of previous research and its impact, i.e. REF 2014.

  • Altmetric - Altmetric is a system that tracks the attention that scholarly articles and datasets receive online, over and above traditional academic citation counts and Impact Factors.
  • Open Access - Open access to research publications involves making them freely available online rather than charging readers to read and use them. Open Access to research data makes data more widely available for re-use by others to support research, innovation and wider public use. The University operates an open access advice site at

  • ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) - was launched in 2012 as a free-to-use registry to provide researchers with unique persistent identifiers (ORCiD iDs). It aims to make a huge difference to a researcher’s ability to gain full credit for their work and provide a useful tool for universities as they track, evaluate and report research work.
  • Researchfish - is an online facility which aims to help research funders track the impacts of their investments, and researchers to record the outcomes of their work.  Researchfish was adopted in 2013 as the Research Councils' harmonised research outcomes collection system from September 2014, and the system is also used by over 70 other funders. The Researchfish system also offers a range of functions which aim to enable institutions to support their researchers in returning information to the Research Councils.
  • Symplectic Elements - is the University's research information management system, and provides a closed environment within which Cambridge researchers can create a profile and share information within the University of Cambridge community.

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