University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Institution Profile: University of Colorado, School of Medicine
LocationUnited States of America
Type of InstitutionSpecialized University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesMedical Sciences
Summary of Intervention(s)

• Assessment committees and candidates are discouraged from using and including journal metrics in the context of faculty promotions and tenure.
• A frequently asked questions page explains to candidates how they should document research accomplishments for promotion and tenure applications.
• It states: “Research importance can also be measured by its impact on policy, practice or the scientific discipline. Other outputs from scientific research, such as intellectual property, databases, software or others, may also be highlighted.”


While the University of Colorado, School of Medicine has rejected the use of journal-level metrics for assessing individuals, the H-Index is still listed as an assessment criteria in tenure and promotion decisions. DORA has not explicitly rejected H-Indexes, however, it notes there are well-known criticisms and limitations to uses of the metric to evaluate individuals, and would generally encourage caution in its use for individual assessment purposes. For further reading on the H-Index see: ; Waltman, L. and Van Eck, N.J., 2012. The inconsistency of the h‐index. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(2), pp.406-415.

Source Material
LinkPortfolio assessment, Responsible Metrics
Type of DecisionPromotion, Tenure
Scope of PolicyInstitution-wide
Academic DisciplinesMedical Sciences

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