A Methodological Improvement in the Evaluation of Research Output: an Adapted use of the Scholarly Capital Model

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Cuellar, Michael; Takeda, Hirotoshi; Truex, Duane
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How the evaluation of research is conducted has significant effects on the field in terms of what work is done, how it is done and who is rewarded. This paper expands on Cuellar, et al (2016) by providing an extended description and critique of the existing method and an overview of its proposed replacement, the Scholarly Capital Model. It shows that the existing method: counting papers in ranked journals uses an under-theorized base, systematically distorted data and has deleterious effects on the field. The paper then overviews the Scholarly Capital Model and shows how it can be used to evaluate research regardless of type of institution.