This guide is designed to help faculty understand how to better understand how to evaluate scholarship and choose the right publisher.
Caveat: Information related to bibliometrics and other quantitative analysis of scholarship is detailed in depth but this information may not be relevant to your discipline or professional area. We suggest you locate guidelines for excellence in scholarship via your scholarly society or professional organization. We also suggest you consult Boyer's categories for scholarship listed below under Publication Quality.
Some of this content is based on or taken from a similar guide created by the librarians at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Lloyd Sealy Library and modified for the City Tech faculty community.
Publication quality is a way of thinking about evaluation of scholarship that is holistic and that considers different types of scholarship. Ernest Boyer's 1990 Scholarship Reconsidered continues to be a meaningful resource for generating thought.
Wendi Arant Kaspar summarizes how Boyer categorizes scholarship:
from Kaspar, Wendi Arant. "What’s so Important about Peer Review?" College & Research Libraries 77.6 (2016): p. 680.