Evaluating Non-Traditional Scholarship – The “Impact” Question

This is a subject of high relevance to our departments/disciplines as we review our guidelines/criteria for promotion and tenure.

“How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now,” The Atlantic, Aug. 28, 2013

Sam Wineburg, “Choosing Real-World Impact Over Impact Factor,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 26, 2013. http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2013/08/26/choosing-real-world-impact-over-impact-factor/

I love this quote in the comments field of the Chronicle/Wineburg article:

“This whole business is kept in check by an interlocking directorate of journals, grant-making agencies, promotion and tenure criteria, and yes, annual reviews.  Ideas on how to break this mould?”