Tarleton Libraries to Host Research Impact Challenge


Thursday, January 28, 2021

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University is launching its first Research Impact Challenge for researchers, aspiring academics and others interested in increasing their scholarly impact. The challenge starts Monday, Feb. 15,  and everyone is welcome to join.

The activities for Tarleton’s challenge are based on the University of Oklahoma Impact Challenge and the 30-day Impact Challenge by Stacy Konkiel. Both focus on introducing researchers and academics to basic tools and issues over a seven-day period. Instructions for all 30 challenges can be found at https://libraries.ou.edu/impactchallenge.

The Research Impact Challenge was created through a cooperative effort between Katie Pierce Farrier and Dr. Christy Tabors with Tarleton libraries and Dr. Leslie Leach and Dr. Amber Harris Bozer at the university’s Center for Educational Excellence.

Each day of the challenge participants complete a short activity designed to help them boost findability of their work, build their professional online presence, and connect them to peers and colleagues.

Some of the challenges are hands-on, like creating a Google Scholar Profile or using a reference management tool. Others emphasize the educational aspect and seek to promote understanding of scholarly communication topics and campus resources available.

Scholarly communications are the processes or tools that researchers and academics use to create, evaluate and communicate their work. These include publishing articles, tracking journal citations, presenting at conferences and networking with collaborators.

Increasing scholarly impact draws attention to researchers’ work, strengthens online presence and enables communicating research more effectively.

Sign up for the challenge at https://tarletonstate.us/register-impact-challenge. The first 25 participants to complete all seven challenges will receive a prize.

More information about the challenges can be found at https://tarletonstate.us/impact-challenge.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 14,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

Contact: Phil Riddle
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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.