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Rethinking Research Assessment for the Greater Good

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The ScholCommLab in Canada conducted a multi-year project examining more than 850 review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) guidelines in the United States and Canada to better understand academic career advancement. The lab examined how the public dimensions of faculty work, use of the Journal Impact Factor, and non-traditional scholarly outputs were recognized and rewarded in review, promotion, and tenure. Key findings have been represented in a series of infographics for the scholarly community.

Publications resulting from the project include:

Alperin JP, Schimanski L, La M, Niles M, & McKiernan, E. (in press). The value of data and other non-traditional scholarly outputs in academic review, promotion, and tenure. In Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Bradley McDonnell, Eve Koller, and Lauren Collister (Eds.) Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. MIT Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ye06-n045

Niles MT, Schimanski LA, McKiernan EC, Alperin JP (2020). Why we publish where we do: Faculty publishing values and their relationship to review, promotion and tenure expectations. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228914

McKiernan EC, Schimanski LA, Muñoz Nieves C, Matthias L, Niles MT, Alperin JP (2019). Use of the Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations (2019).  https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27638v2

Alperin JP, Muñoz Nieves C, Schimanski LA, Fischman GE, Niles MT, McKiernan EC (2019). How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion, and tenure documents? (2019). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.42254