Academic Visibility and the Webometric Future

By Thomas W. Sanchez.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper argues that the traditional emphasis of scholarly communications—citation analysis and faculty evaluation limited to books, book chapters, and journal articles—is outdated and fails to capture a significant share of scholarly activity that is now being posted online. Planning academics—as social scientists—should value the extended range of dissemination provided by the web, and should also leverage its inherent functionality to evaluate scholarship. Scholarly output is further characterized relative to productivity, visibility, reputation, and impact for the purposes of a new evaluation paradigm. An example shows that both individual and faculty metrics can be used as a meaningful element of scholarly assessment. The implications of this approach touch on issues of scholarly communications and the promotion and tenure process.

Keywords: Theme: Research and Knowledge Formation, Citation Analysis, Scholarly Communications, Academic Visibility

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.37-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 415.513KB).

Dr. Thomas W. Sanchez

Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Tom Sanchez earned his PhD in city planning from Georgia Tech in 1996 and has since taught at Iowa State University, Portland State University, the University of Utah before becoming a professor and the chair of the urban affairs and planning program at Virginia Tech. Sanchez conducts research in the areas of transportation, environmental justice, technology, and the social aspects of planning and policy. Along with serving as a chair of urban affairs and planning, he is editor of housing policy Debate and a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he co-authored The Right to Transportation: Moving to Equity(American Planning Association) with Marc Brenman, and in 2012, he published Governance and Equity: Planning as if People Mattered (Island Press), also co-authored with Marc Brenman.

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