Scholarly / research outputs and activities

Scholarly/research outputs and activities are created or developed by researchers during their research.

Scholarly/research outputs

Scholarly publications are one of the most common research outputs. These include: books, conference proceedings, journal articles and their underlying data. UCD recognises that successful publication improves opportunities for academic funding and promotion, while enhancing scholarly achievement and reputation.

Research activities

Examples of activities include: editorial board memberships, leadership in professional societies, consultancy or advisory work, contributions to successful grant applications, peer reviewing, invited talks and presentations.

Tracking research outputs and activities

Tracking your research outputs and activities is key to being able to document the impact of your research. Measuring the outcomes and impact of your research will enable you to report to a range of audiences, including the public, researchers, industry, and funding agencies.

  • Your online researcher profile in the RMS Profiles system is the primary tool used to capture your research activities, outputs and impacts.
  • Research Repository UCD is the university's repository for open access scholarly research publications. 

Enhancing the impact of your research outputs

Advances in digital technology offer many avenues for researchers to disseminate and track the reach of their research. Optimising the discoverability of your research outputs on the internet is a great way to enhance your visibility, citation rate and impact.  The UCD Promote your research website which includes citation improvement strategies contains tips on how to enhance the overall impact of your research outputs.  The promote your research website covers the topics of Preparing for Publication, Disseminating your research outputs and monitoring your results.


Choosing the right publication outlet in which to publish your work is one of the most important decisions you will make in relation to the dissemination of your research. You should be targeting the most read and cited journals that are relevant to your work. Also, write a clear and concise abstract, using words that you would like readers to associate with your research, to explain the work and the key findings. Learn more about how to prepare for publication.

A Channel List has been compiled for the annual Output Based Research Support Scheme (OBRSS)   to help you choose where to publish.


Promoting your research outputs (such as articles, books, reviews, etc.) is an important step in ensuring they are easily discoverable by others who may wish to comment, cite, or write about them. Presenting your research at conferences can also lead to further opportunities for collaboration. Having put months and years of work into your research, it is important that you make sure it is seen by a wide range of audiences. Learn more about promoting your publications.


After promoting your publication, you should monitor it to see what effects your interventions have had on the discoverability and reach of your research. In addition to tracking citations, alternative metrics can be tracked to see if the research was picked up in other channels such as blogs, Twitter, news outlets, etc. You can also evaluate what tools to use for your next project or report the impacts back to funders. Learn more about monitoring your publications.

The RMS profiles system is a particularly useful tool for tracking your citations and alternative metrics such as blogs, Twitter, news outlets, etc.


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  • The Promote your research website is aimed at researchers and research managers in UCD who are keen to understand how social media, and other online channels, can be leveraged to promote their research outputs.

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  • Scholarly publishing - this library guide provided useful information on, such as finding the best journal, author identity, or promoting publications and communications.

  • Bibliometrics - this library guide can help you to make decisions about where to publish your research and to get information about the impact of published research.

  • Research Data Management - this library guide highlights university resources and services available to facilitate researchers in the production of high quality data with potential for long-term use.