Research Impact

I have been doing some research and reflection on how to measure the impact of our research beyond the traditional measures such as grant dollars, number of publications, and h-index. What I want is to find an effective method of measuring how our research makes an impact in the community. How do we change policy or practice? How has our research made an enduring, positive impact? I think our School should measure the impact of what we do based on how it contributes to the mission, which includes this key phrase: “to promote and sustain healthier populations in New York City and around the world, and to shape policy and practice in public health for all.” I have started a document and I welcome your comments and assistance.

Comments / Ideas Wanted on Faculty Development

I posted a DRAFT professional development plan for faculty in SPH. Please review and send me your ideas. I want to hear from you! You can also put comments on the Google Doc. I’ve divided faculty development into training, evaluation & recognition, and resources & opportunities. Some ideas are in development such as faculty awards, bootcamps, and a teaching academy. You can email me or stop by my office with your ideas and suggestions.

Create an ImpactStory Profile

ImpactStory helps to track when your research is mentioned in Twitter, blogs, news outlets, etc. It automatically grabs this data like Google Scholar. ImpactStory is free and open-source, and will serve as another source of information, in addition to a metric like an h-index, to gauge the extent to which your research is read, shared, and discussed. The data are automatically updated; it seems to me to be on a nightly schedule for auto-updates. To set up your ImpactStory profile, follow these steps in order:

(1) Set up a Twitter account – we had a lunch & learn about setting up and using Twitter by Chris Palmedo.
(2) Set up a ORCID account – Instructions can be found in a prior post. ImpactStory uses the public data in ORCID to populate your profile so it is essential to have this account set up with your publications. Go to your public profile and make sure that you see your name, current employer, and publications listed. This is data that ImpactStory reads from the public version of your ORCID account.
(3) Go to this link to set up your profile https://profiles.impactstory.org/. You will need to authorize ImpactStory to have access to your Twitter and ORCID accounts.
(4) Verify your publications list, name, and institutions are correct in ImpacyStory. If not, then there is a problem with the public version of your ORCID account. Then, the data will be updated automatically as more publications are read in from ORCID.
(5) Keep track of your ImpactStory link; the site is not currently searchable. You should be able to add this link to Digital Measures.

Fall 2017 Syllabi Collection

We are beginning to collect syllabi for the Fall 2017 semester. We ask that you use the new fall 2017 template for all syllabi to ensure students have the most recent and accurate information. The updated template contains the following important changes:

  • Updates to Support Resources, including Library Services
  • Updates to Required Reading, including a link to the new CUNY SPH Bookstore, launching in August
  • Updates to Accessibility, including new contact information for students with disabilities
  • Our new CUNY SPH logo
  • Updated URLs throughout the document

To submit your Fall 2017 syllabi, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download the template and fill in the highlighted regions with your relevant course information.
    • Note: any information that is not highlighted should remain on your syllabus.
  2. Save and upload your syllabi using this link.
    • If you have technical difficulties submitting a syllabus through the file share link, you can email it to your department administrator (Toya Cox for CHASS and EOGHS; Himani Sharma for HPAM and EPI-BIOS).

All syllabi should be submitted no later than the first day of the semester, Friday, August 25th.


Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions regarding the syllabus template or the submission process, please contact Matt Paczkowski.

Recommended: Create a ORCID account

ORCID is nonprofit and non-proprietary organization that helps scholars to get a unique identifier and claim their work. This can be particularly useful for scholars that share a common name with other scholars. ORCID can help disambiguate author names. The ID then becomes a permanent means of identifying your work. Learn more about the mission of the organization here.

You should input your publications in the “Works” section of ORDID. There is a button for +Add Works and when you hover over that, you will have the option to “Search & link”. I highly recommend to do so. First, I recommend linking to Scopus by clicking on the “Scopus to ORCID” hyperlink. You will be taken to a new page where you will select your name(s) and then go through the process of identifying your publications and then authorizing to send your ScopusID and Publications to ORCID. Make sure to do so and then most, if not all, of your publications will show up in your ORCID with appropriate identifiers. By linking your ScopusID to your ORCID, the record in ORCID should automatically import most, if not all, publications. You can also link ResearchID, CrossRef, and other services (if you have them). Linking these IDs not only makes it easier to get your publications into ORCID but should also automatically keep your ORCID profile up to date.

If there are publications missing from the import of Scopus, then you can import a BibTex file. This can be done by exporting the missing publications from your Google Scholar profile or other source as a BibTex file and then selecting to import this file using the +Add Works option for importing.

I recommend that all publications are set to Public view (a green symbol that indicates that Everyone can view the publication on your public profile).

Digital Measures Set Up

SPH faculty received an email from info@digitalmeasures.com, with your login credentials and the link to reset your password. The following are read only sections and should be reviewed for error: Personal and Contact Information, Administrative Data-Permanent Data, Degrees, Workload Information, Scheduled Teaching, Contracts, Fellowship, Grants and Sponsored Activities
To import your publications from PubMed, please use this link for directions: http://www.digitalmeasures.com/activity-insight/docs/pubmed.html  To import your publications from EndNote, Google Scholar, Mendeley, RefWorks, Scopus, Web of Science or Zotero, please use this link for directions: http://www.digitalmeasures.com/activity-insight/docs/bibtex.html