Journal-ranking lists and the academic librarian Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to assess the use of journalranking lists for academic librarian promotion and tenure (P&T) decision.Design/methodology/approachUsing a case study, the researchers analyzed a proposed journalranking list created for P&T decisions. A quantitative analysis of peerreviewed journal articles was performed to support this analysis.FindingsThe paper shows that the use of journalranking lists for P&T decisions inadequately conflates academic librarians with teaching faculty members.Research limitations/implicationsThe study relied primarily on a single case study, so it may not be scientifically generalized.Social implicationsThis study identifies journalranking lists as an inadequate tool for the evaluation of academic librarians and encourages action to divorce the valuation of intellectual achievement from quantitative structures.Originality/valueThe analysis of the quantitative/metric underpinnings of intellectual labor in higher education is necessary for academic freedom.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bales, S., Sare, L., Coker, C., & vanDuinkerken, W.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Bales, Stephen||Sare, Laura||Coker, Catherine||vanDuinkerken, Wyoma

publication date

  • January 2011