May 17, 2022

New Research Article: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion About Scholarly Metrics

The following article (preprint) will be published in the January 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL).


Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion About Scholarly Metrics


Dan DeSanto
University of Vermont

Aaron Nichols
University of Vermont


via C&RL Website


This article presents the results of a faculty survey conducted at the University of Vermont during academic year 2014–2015. The survey asked faculty about: familiarity with scholarly metrics, metric seeking habits, help seeking habits, and the role of metrics in their department’s tenure and promotion process. The survey also gathered faculty opinions on how well scholarly metrics reflect the importance of scholarly work and how faculty feel about administrators gathering institutional scholarly metric information. Results point to the necessity of understanding the campus landscape of faculty knowledge, opinion, importance, and use of scholarly metrics before engaging faculty in further discussions about quantifying the impact of their scholarly work.

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52 pages; PDF.

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