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ERIC Number: EJ1148909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
Academe's Unspoken Ethical Dilemma: Author Inflation in Higher Education
Von Bergen, C. W.; Bressler, Martin S.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v32 Jun 2017
Tenure, promotion, significant salary increases, let alone stature and recognition in one's field, are often dependent on the quantity and quality of research articles faculty members produce. In addition, research grants, text and professional publications may be dependent upon intellectual contributions and often equated with research published in professional journals. These pressures, along with accreditation requirements, often force faculty members to place greater emphasis on research rather than teaching or service responsibilities. Administrators sometimes also coerce senior faculty members to "help out" junior faculty members achieve tenure by including them in their research endeavors. In response to such pressures more and more research articles have an increasing number of authors on the publication byline. This poses ethical concerns regarding author validity and legitimate individual contribution to research that helps to advance the profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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