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Scholarly Communications

Qualitative Assessments

If your work is in the humanities, social sciences, the arts or in an emerging or niche discipline, quite often impact factors such as those readily available for natural and some social sciences will be non-existent. Therefore, you will need to gather other forms of information to include in your PARSE in order to fully describe the journals where you publish and the reach of your work. This page offers some suggested avenues for finding such qualitative information.

Australia's Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS) published a report that includes recommendations for a number of quantitative measures/indicators that scholars in humanities, social sciences, and the arts may use to demonstrate the quality of their work.

Tools Available on the Web

APA Journal Statistics and Operations Data

Ulrich’s Web available onsite at New York Public Library Research Divisions and some other CUNY libraries, allows you to look up journal by title, and depending on the publication, discover circulation data, refereed/non-refereed status, editorial board members, audience demographics and review blurbs. There may also be a link to the journal's home page where more information can be found such as article acceptance rate.

WorldCat  One of the many uses of this worldwide collection of library catalogs is answering the question, "How many libraries around the world own your book?" which can be an useful piece of data to include in your Form C.

Other Tools

Other suggested descriptors to include in your publications / scholarly output evaluation which can be found via journal website or by contacting journal staff:

  • Journal description
  • Article acceptance rate
  • Type of peer review
  • Circulation data
  • Review blurbs
  • Editorial board membership