Research Commons

Research Impact

Photograph of Sheila Craft-Morgan, Research Impact Librarian

Meet the Expert:

Sheila Craft-Morgan is the Research Impact Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. She leads the development of systematic, scalable approaches that support scholarly research impact within the research lifecycle. Sheila also supports faculty, staff and students in managing, communicating and promoting the impact of their research projects.

Research Impact 

Research Impact is the use of data, tools, and techniques to communicate the value of your scholarly work, show how your work influences others in your field and beyond, and ensure that your work is visible and discoverable. Through the Research Commons, researchers can receive assistance with:

  • Establishing and managing your author identity
    • Registering for an ORCID identifier and populating an ORCID profile
    • Linking ORCID to Scopus and Web of Science
  • Tracking Scholarly Metrics
    • Collecting citations from Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar
    • Finding alternative measures of influence (mentions, downloads, saves, etc.) from other sources (e.g. altmetrics)
  • Making your scholarly work discoverable
    • Submitting articles to open access journals
    • Depositing work (preprints, datasets, presentations, posters, etc.) into open repositories
  • Promoting your work
    • Developing scholarly profiles (Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar)
    • Using social media to discuss your work


For more information about these topics and links to tools, visit the Research Impact guide.