Proposal Abstract

Drawing on bibliometric analyses, this session explores three questions relevant to the current state of SoTL.

1) “How is scholarship currently measured?” The relative merits and limitations of three popular bibliometric databases (Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar) and two specific measures (impact factor and h-index) will be explored.

2) “How does SoTL ‘measure up’ as a specific discipline?” Analyses of impact factors of SoTL journals, and discipline-specific journals and conference proceedings will be compared to metrics from other disciplines. Possible strategies to raise SoTL’s profile will be discussed.

3) “How might I proceed as a scholar?” Sample analyses of h-index measures for individuals will facilitate discussion on appropriate strategies for advancing careers with SoTL work.

Participants will be able to:

1a) describe the relative coverage and basic differences between three widely used resources;

1b) describe the differences between two key measures of scholarship;

2a) discuss the standing of SoTL as a discipline as measured by impact factor;

2b) refer to a current list of SoTL conferences and journals; and,

3a) look up their own h-index in each resource as well as understand how to increase this measure.

Location

Room 2005

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 26th, 2:00 PM Mar 26th, 2:45 PM

Using Bibliometric Analyses for Evaluating Leading Journals and Top Researchers in SoTL

Room 2005

Drawing on bibliometric analyses, this session explores three questions relevant to the current state of SoTL.

1) “How is scholarship currently measured?” The relative merits and limitations of three popular bibliometric databases (Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar) and two specific measures (impact factor and h-index) will be explored.

2) “How does SoTL ‘measure up’ as a specific discipline?” Analyses of impact factors of SoTL journals, and discipline-specific journals and conference proceedings will be compared to metrics from other disciplines. Possible strategies to raise SoTL’s profile will be discussed.

3) “How might I proceed as a scholar?” Sample analyses of h-index measures for individuals will facilitate discussion on appropriate strategies for advancing careers with SoTL work.

Participants will be able to:

1a) describe the relative coverage and basic differences between three widely used resources;

1b) describe the differences between two key measures of scholarship;

2a) discuss the standing of SoTL as a discipline as measured by impact factor;

2b) refer to a current list of SoTL conferences and journals; and,

3a) look up their own h-index in each resource as well as understand how to increase this measure.