Quality and influence in literary work: evaluating the 'educated imagination'

A. Zuccala
2012 Research Evaluation  
We examine literary work as a product of the scholar's 'educated imagination' and review features of this performance culture (i.e., quality, quantity, impact, influence, and importance), which lend themselves to evaluation. Insights are drawn from the research and commentaries of specialists, including scholars of literature and bibliometricians. Peer review as it is seen in book reviews plays a critical role in how literary quality is perceived, while citations from books and journal articles
more » ... may be used to trace patterns of influence. To evaluate literary work as a whole, we suggest distinguishing between different types of production, vocational and epistemic, and orchestrating data systems that allow for combined measures of quality, scholarly influence, and cultural influence.
doi:10.1093/reseval/rvs017 fatcat:25e4wjnwdbbflef4xzcz6js5xe