ERIC Number: ED315088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-8
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Faculty Usage of Higher Education Journals: Toward a Taxonomy.
Koong, Kai S.; Smith, Harold A.
A taxonomy and framework for evaluating the quality of journals in higher education are proposed in this paper. The significance of acquiring and disseminating professional information to faculty and administrators in higher education is discussed, and it is noted that the journals in which a faculty member publishes are sometimes used as critical factors in promotion and tenure decisions. Following a review of the literature about hierarchies in higher education publishing, a model is presented which offers five constructs that affect journal quality: (1) perception, which gauges the opinions of selected peers about a journal's quality; (2) citations, which measure the number of times a work is cited in subsequent research in the area; (3) usage (publishing), a measure that shows the number of times fellow educators publish in that journal; (4) usage (readership), identifying how often the source is referred to by peers; and (5) factual information, which can be obtained from reference publications about journals. A mathematical model encompassing flexibility for faculty and academic departments with diverse needs is also introduced to help evaluate journals using the proposed constructs. The combination of the constructs and method are based on the fact that the strength of one can compensate for the limitations of the other. A figure illustrates the concept. (14 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (18th, Little Rock, AR, November 8, 1989).