Cite your way to tenure

Using OpenScholar to promote your publications

“Not everything that can be counted counts and
not everything that counts can be counted.”

- William Bruce Cameron

We know that using citations assists researchers in validating their work, but how does the exposure of being cited correlate with professional success?

Academic institutions frequently recommend that faculty include a citation analysis in their tenure and promotion materials as a way to demonstrate the value of their research (1). 

Do more citations accelerate your track to tenure?
How much of an impact are these citations having on tenure track positions?

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In a study by Calvin Newport, an Associate Professor at Georgetown University, the results were surprising. Calvin found that successful young professors were publishing a lot. On average, they published 25 conference papers during their first four years. The rest of their peer group published only 10 (2). So success was linked to publications, but what about citations and success? For each professor, citations were counted for their five most cited papers published during their first four years (according to Google Scholar). The professors’ most cited papers from this period received, on average, over 1,000 references. For the remainder of the group, the number was closer to 60 (3).

“This is extremely interesting, and shows that successful professors not only published more, but they also received many more citations, about 16x more.”
In another study, done by Amanda Murdie from Emory University, the activity of using these citations for tracking success was studied. A survey was sent out to a long list of institutions across the US, and the responses are indicative of how citations impact promotion decisions. 

For tenure decisions, 62.9% of respondents indicated that in the last five years, their departments had used citation data half the time (18.5%), frequently (22.2%), or all/nearly all of the time (22.2%). Clearly, using citations as a performance metric is widespread in higher education.

OpenScholar offers a simple and easy to use platform, for those in education or similar fields, to display their published work. The platform gives users the ability to quickly add their most recent publications to their website and allows these publications to be automatically distributed to Google Scholar (if desired). This way, there is no lag time for citations published on your website, and you gain the exposure that Google Scholar offers their users. By streamlining this process, you can be sure your work is getting the visibility it warrants, which can help support and expedite your journey to tenure.
See also: OpenScholar