Author Impact Metrics in Communication Sciences and Disorder Research

Andrew Stuart, Sarah P. Faucette, William Joseph Thomas
2017 Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research  
Purpose: The purpose was to examine author-level impact metrics for faculty in the communication sciences and disorder research field across a variety of databases. Method: Author-level impact metrics were collected for faculty from 257 accredited universities in the United States and Canada. Three databases (i.e., Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Scopus) were utilized. Results: Faculty expertise was in audiology (24.4%; n = 490) and speech-language pathology (75.6%; n = 1,520). Women
more » ... 20). Women comprised 68.1% of faculty, and men comprised 31.9% of faculty. The percentage of faculty in the field of communication sciences and disorders identified in each database was 10.5% (n = 212), 44.0% (n = 885), and 84.4% (n = 1,696) for Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Scopus, respectively. In general, author-level impact metrics were positively skewed. Metric values increased significantly with increasing academic rank ( p < .05), were greater for men versus women ( p < .05), and were greater for those in audiology versus speech-language pathology ( p < .05). There were statistically significant positive correlations between all author-level metrics ( p < .01). Conclusions: These author-level metrics may serve as a benchmark for scholarly production of those in the field of communication sciences and disorders and may assist with professional identity management, tenure and promotion review, grant applications, and employment.
doi:10.1044/2017_jslhr-h-16-0458 pmid:28815261 fatcat:uij5245lcjeojcwotyrkcu6bwm