USNews Scholarship Impact Issues

In spring 2017, I briefly discussed the problem with scholarship impact factor in law as a response to a recommendation by a law professor to create a rankings methodology based on Google Scholar citation.Well it seems that USNews may have read that article because USNews is now asking each law school for the names and other details of its fall 2018 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. USNews plans to link the names of each individual law school's faculty to citations and publications that were published in the previous five years and are available in HeinOnline.Using this data, HeinOnline will compile faculty scholarly impact indicators for each law school. This will include such measures as mean citations per faculty member, median citations per faculty member, and total number of publications.Those measures will then be provided to USNews for use in eventually creating a comprehensive scholarly impact ranking.Thanks to all of the folks who have opined on this…

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