Evaluating Scholarship and Research Impact: History, Practices, and Policy Development

Jeffrey W. Alstete
Iona College, USA

Nicholas J. Beutell
Iona College, USA

John P. Meyer
Iona College, USA

Product Details
26 Jun 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
216 pages - 129 x 198mm
Great Debates in Higher Education


Faculty members, scholars, and researchers often ask where they should publish their work; which outlets are most suitable to showcase their research? Which journals should they publish in to ensure their work is read and cited? How can the impact of their scholarly output be maximized? 

The answers to these and related questions affect not only individual scholars, but also academic and research institution stakeholders who are under constant pressure to create and implement organizational policies, evaluation measures and reward systems that encourage quality, high impact research from their members. The explosion of academic research in recent years, along with advances in information technology, has given rise to omnipresent and increasingly important scholarly metrics. These measures need to be assessed and used carefully, however, as their widespread availability often tempts users to jump to improper conclusions without considering several caveats. While various quantitative tools enable the ranking, evaluating, categorizing, and comparing of journals and articles, metrics such as author or article citation counts, journal impact factors, and related measures of institutional research output are somewhat inconsistent with traditional goals and objectives of higher education research and scholarly academic endeavors. 

This book provides guidance to individual researchers, research organizations, and academic institutions as they grapple with rapidly developing issues surrounding scholarly metrics and their potential value to both policy-makers, as evaluation and measurement tools, and individual scholars, as a way to identify colleagues for potential collaboration, promote their position as public intellectuals, and support intellectual community engagement.
1. A Primer on Policy and Research
2. History and Evolution of Scholarly Metrics and Impact Factors
3. Concerns and Problems
4. Benefits and Possibilities for Research Policy Improvements 
5. Impact is Perceived as an Indirect Measure of Quality
6. Conclusion

Appendix 1: San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Jeffrey W. Alstete is Professor of Management and Business Administration at Iona College, USA. He teaches business policy and strategy, entrepreneurship, international management, managerial decision-making, and other topics. Professor Alstete is chair of the Intellectual Contributions Committee and is the author of five books including Benchmarking in Higher Education and Revenue Generation Strategies: Leveraging Higher Education Resources for Increase Income. 
Nicholas J. Beutell is Professor of Management and Business Administration at Iona College, USA. He was Dean of the School of Business for ten years, prior chair of the Institutional Review Board at Iona College, and has over 40 years of experience as scholar, professor, and administrator. Professor Beutell is a widely recognized and highly cited scholar on work-family and life satisfaction.
John P. Meyer is Professor and Chair of Management and Business Administration at Iona College, USA. His research includes knowledge management, innovation and experiential learning. He has published research on intellectual capital and patent citations which, as representations of innovation quality and value, are analogous to the way scholarly citations are now being used to evaluate research quality and value.

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