This guide assists tenure-track and research active faculty with identifying sources for and obtaining quantitative data, also known as metrics, about their publications as part of the tenure and/or promotion process.
This guide assists tenure-track and research active faculty with identifying sources for and obtaining quantitative data, also known as metrics, about their publications as part of the tenure and/or promotion process. Metrics vary by academic discipline and the importance placed on certain scholarly activities and publication types (books, book chapters, journal articles, reviews, conference proceedings, creative works, etc.) by those disciplines. Although some metrics are publication-based, others - like the h-index - estimate a scholar's full impact by applying citation data from their corpus of work.
While quantitative metrics should not be considered an effective substitute for qualitative measures of scholarship and rigor, they can help researchers tell a story about their research and its impact that is appealing to both Tenure & Promotion committees and administrators.
Best Practices in Research Assessment
The following resources emphasize both qualitative and quantitative research evaluation, and they advocate for tools and methods that are open, transparent, and accessible to the researcher.
Endorsed by researchers and publishers alike, the Leiden Manifesto was written - and published in Nature - in response to the increasing use of quantitative metrics in research evaluation. It prescribes the use of ten principles in the evaluation process.
"The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The declaration was developed in 2012 during the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco. It has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers."
"This site aims to provide a forum for debating responsible uses of metrics in higher education & research. It builds on the UK’s Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management which published its final report The Metric Tide on 9 July 2015."