Chapter 9: Tips for Deans and other academic administrators

Publish or Perish was initially designed to help academics to present their case for research impact to its best advantage. Inevitably, however, it also became popular amongst Deans, academic administrators and chairs of tenure/promotion committees. I am not very comfortable with the mechanistic type of evaluation of that might be promoted by an exclusive focus on citation analysis.

However, I do realize that many tenure or promotion committees use this kind of information. In this section, I therefore provide advice on how to use Publish or Perish for a more systematic evaluation of citation impact. I include four topics: accepting Google Scholar as an alternative data source, the myths about self-citation, the inappropriateness of citation analysis at early career stages, and the differences in citation impact across disciplines.