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Research impact – How to deal with it? Editorial impact series part 3

We seek the truth and will endure the consequences.

Charles Seymour

(American historian 1885–1963)

This publication is the last part of a three-editorial series about research impact. In the first (), we presented the main concepts and ideas that define research impact. In the second (), we discussed the most important models and frameworks for assessing research impact in the literature.

If these two challenges – identifying and measuring – are not quite enough, another task presents itself to researchers, universities and society in general. It is related to the numerous constraints and difficulties can be found in the literature regarding the research impact assessment.

In this editorial, we aim to present the most critical (and controversial) problems and critics in the current debate on research impact and discuss some initiatives and possible solutions to those problems.

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