Literati lookback

See the change... be the change


We know that evidencing real impact is hard. Beyond usage and citations, it is difficult to see where individual pieces of research have had an impact.

This is especially challenging when you consider how one piece of research can lead to another, which might then lead to policy change. But without that first piece of research, would the impact have happened? We also know that impact takes time, especially in the social sciences.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their story. Submissions for the Literati Lookback campaign have now closed.

All those selected to feature in our Real Impact case study book will be notified by 06 June 2022.

Now in its 2nd year, the Literati Lookback campaign invites previous Literati Award winners to submit details on how their research has since evolved and what has changed, since they won.

We want to recognise the end impact of research since it was first published, and in doing so, demonstrate tangible stories of real impact, and how research is playing such a key role in delivering change towards our SDG aligned goals.

Share your journey to impact

This is your chance to have your research story featured in a Real Impact case study book. We'll feature at least 4 chosen stories, each one will align with one of our 4 SDG Goals, plus your story will be celebrated across our global social media channels.

Indigenous voices special focus

We recognise the challenges underrepresented groups face so we’re working with our partners to create a fairer and more inclusive research environment where diverse voices are heard and valued.

Along with research aligned to our SDG goals, we are keen to hear about any previous Literati Award winning research that specifically focuses on an area connected with Indigenous experiences and how this research has helped give a voice to Indigenous communities, whilst also playing a key role in delivering change.  

To enter, you will need to tell us:

  • The title of the research that won a Literati Award and in what year
  • A brief overview of the initial research and how it has evolved since its win
  • Whether you partnered with any non- academics
  • Any challenges you faced in conducting your research
  • How your research has made an impact on society today and what has changed as a result
  • Which of our four SDG goals does your research align to.

What are our goals?

As a leading social science publisher, we’re passionate about leading change, and align everything we do with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We publish research that influences thinking, changes policies, and positively makes a difference to lives beyond the walls of academia.

Our work focuses on four interdisciplinary goals, each aligned to multiple SDGs. Each goal is about creating real world impact, at a time when it’s needed most. These goals are:

Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world...



Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body...



Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working...



Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution...



Real impact looks like this...

Take a look at the 4 stories that stood out in last year’s campaign for the role they have played in delivering change and as a result, were featured in our Real Impact case study book.

Giving emergency service responders better access to mental health support following major incidents

Programmes to identify emergency service responders in need of mental health support are limited. However, more staff in UK police forces are now set to get the help they need, following swift action on new research.

Aligned to our responsible management goal


More independence for disabled young people

Developments in artificial intelligence powered technologies and sensor-based machine learning are growing in their technical capabilities. UK researchers are applying these innovations to wheelchair design, offering more disabled people hope of independent mobility.

Aligned to our healthier lives goal…

Creating a society that is just, inclusive and embracing of all

Researchers in Texas, USA, hope to move the dial on gender equality by working with policymakers to make decisions that are grounded in evidence and robust data.

Aligned to our fairer society goal…

Facilitating students’ capabilities to maximise their career prospects

Researchers in Sydney, Australia, are teaching students creative techniques to boost their learning and professional development during placement.

Aligned to our quality education for all goal…

Find out more about our awards programme

Real Impact Awards

The Real Impact Awards recognise the research community’s efforts to make a difference. We celebrate those that place impact at the top of their agenda and work in collaboration with others to achieve their goals.