B – Developing a societal impact factor

Niederkrotenthaler T, Dorner TE, Maier M. Development of a practical tool to measure the impact of publications on the society based on focus group discussions with scientists. BioMed Central Public Health 2011;11:588
(doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-588)

This qualitative study presents the development of a practical tool to assess the societal impact of publications, that would contribute to a more comprehensive evaluation oof scientific research. Focus group discussions with scientists suggested that this societal impact factor should consider the effect of the publication in a wide set of non-scientific areas, but also the motivation behind the publication, and efforts by the authors to translate their findings into societal action.