May 22, 2022

New Publication From AHA: “Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians”

From an American Historical Association Blog Post by Seth Denbo:

With greater numbers of historians making contributions to scholarship through digital means, the discipline must grow to encompass the variety of formats and media available in the rapidly evolving digital environment.

We can only do so by giving proper credit for work on digital projects that contribute to historical knowledge. To encourage these developments in our discipline the AHA has published Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians.

The guidelines encourage departments to evaluate such work on its scholarly merits: “Work done by historians using digital methodologies or media for research, pedagogy, or communication should be evaluated for hiring, promotion, and tenure on its scholarly merit and the contribution that work makes to the discipline through research, teaching, or service.” When there are good reasons for presenting historical scholarship in new formats or media, scholars should be encouraged to do so.


The AHA developed these guidelines through an open, iterative process, sharing public drafts at several stages in the process. This approach led to improvements such as the addition of a recommendation to departments that they look at work on grant proposals as a form of peer review when reviewing projects and contributors.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Full Text: Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in History

A PDF version of the guidelines is alsoavailable (6 pages).

Hat Tip: dh+lib

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