Outputs and Impact

Following your funding and during your project, your research will generate outputs and impact.  In the current research environment, there is an expectation on research institutions and researchers to demonstrate the value and impact of their research.  Ensuring that your research generates outputs and impact is crucial for your success as a researcher, for the following reasons:

  • To communicate and share your findings in a way that is understandable to all stakeholders;
  • To provide evidence to support your future funding applications;
  • To provide valuable information to support policy and strategy discussions;
  • To enable funders of research to demonstrate that the research they are funding is beneficial;
  • To support an improved understanding and support for research by the general public.

There are various processes within the University to be aware of when managing the outcomes of a project.

The following should be considered:

Publications should be deposited in STORRE (Stirling Online Research Repository),.  From April 2016, all peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers must be deposited within 3 months of acceptance in order to meet REF regulations regarding open access.

The process for depositing publications within STORRE is via the University's Research Management System - see guides here.

The University of Stirling is committed to making the outputs of research publically accessible via the green and the gold route in a manner which is compliant with funder, publisher, ethical, commercial and legal requirements as appropriate.

Further Information:

For any queries about publications please contact repository.librarian@stir.ac.uk

For any Open Access queries, please contact openaccess@stir.ac.uk

If you are preparing a proposal, please consider potential costs for making the related outputs open access.  If you are unsure, check out our section on approval and submission, or contact your representative from the Research Funding & Development Team.

Creating, capturing and evaluating impact is a fundamental aspect of academic research.  'Research Impact' was first introduced as an assessment criterion in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, accounting for 20% of the assessment, and is likely to be retained for the next REF. Branching across the disciplines, Stirling's impact case studies demonstrate the valuable contribution that our researchers are making to society at a local, national and global level.

Defined by REF 2014 as 'an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia', the recent Stern Review has recommended that the definition be broadened to take account of a wider range of research activities.  This encourages appreciation of the more intangible aspects of research impact, and provides an incentive to think creatively and work collaboratively.  

To help researchers record and evidence the impact of their research, the University has developed an online impact tool.  For further information and guidance on creating an impact record, click here.

Research data consists of data, records, files and other evidence on which research conclusions are based and any material that supports your research output.  The University has an Online Repository for Research Data (DataSTORRE), which is used to store data generated through Research.  More details available here

Log into DataSTORRE

For any queries on research data, please contact: researchdatamanagement@stir.ac.uk


Altmetric is a free tool that tracks attention to research papers.  The University also subscribes to Altmetric for Institutions: this is a service that helps you monitor and report on your own research papers, as well as Stirling's research papers more generally and all other research papers tracked by Altmetric

Find out more about Altmetric here

Further Resources:

Top 5 best things to do with Altmetric (for researchers)

Altmetric Presentation - Who is talking about your research 

Handling the media

If you are communicating research outputs to the public or to the media, we advise you to contact the Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement Office for advice, in the first instance.  Further media advice available here.

Social Media

Social media is websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to network on the web.  This is a vital tool for communications and marketing and important for communicating your research.  There are various different social media tools that can be users e.g. Facebook, Twitter and blogs etc.


Introduction to Social Media - What is Social Media and how can i use it communicate my research

Using Social Media to Communicate your Research

If you are active on twitter, if you follow @Stir_Research we will help to promote and communicate your research

We may ask researchers to help contribute to the Research & Enterprise Blog , and if you have your own blog, we may re-blog your own posts


If you are an award holder of a current or previous RCUK funded grant then it is likely that you will be asked annually to submit any research outcomes generated from that research project.

Find out more about submitting research outcomes and the Researchfish system here.

Need help?  Please don't hesitate to contact the Research & Innovation Services if you have any queries about the above.

Stirling Researcher Resources

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