Promotion and Scholarship Assessment

Emory offers a variety of tools to help researchers assess their current scholarship efforts as well as information on promotion related to scholarship.

Promotion and Scholarship

For the purposes of promotion, scholarship at Emory is defined as “the development and dissemination of new knowledge or of new insights into existing knowledge; or competent mastery of one or more of the academic disciplines resulting from continued systematic study.” View types of publications.

Scholarly activity also may consist of innovative conceptualizations or novel solutions to health problems that have received national recognition; or of research on and application of new concepts in biomedical education.

View promotion resources from the DOM Office of Faculty Development, including the official guidelines for promotion from the School of Medicine as well as CV templates and much, much more.

We strongly recommend attending a Department of Medicine CV Review Session to speak with a senior faculty member who can tell you if you're on track for promotion.

Assessing Scholarship

Not all scholarship is equal.  There is a hierarchy of scholarship based on the quality of methods, innovative ideas, and scientific rigor of the review process. In general, original research articles are considered the standard for scholarship for scientists and researchers. Medical education scholarship is an important part of the clinician educator’s scholarship portfolio.  Reviews and book chapters are a valuable endeavor as they can demonstrate an author’s reputation in the field.   

Given the diversity of scholarship, one must consider quantity, quality, and effort when assessing the scholarship efforts of a faculty member. While quantity is objective, the quality of a publication is subjective and therefore more difficult to assess. Commonly cited metrics for assessing the quality and impact of a publication include citation index, H-factor, and impact factor. Journal impact factor reflects the subjective strength of the journal of publication. Citation index is a measure of the number of times an article is cited by other articles. H-index is calculated using both the number of publications and the number of times publication have been cited. It is meant to reflect both quality and productivity. Need help calculating your H-index? View our PDF guide.

Like quality, effort is difficult to gauge. Authorship is the most commonly used substitute for involvement in the project. First or senior authorship indicates significant and primary involvement in planning, execution, and publication.  

While these assessment tools are admittedly imperfect, they are commonly used means of assessing a scholarship portfolio. In general, fewer numbers of high quality papers published in well respected journals is preferable to a high volume lower quality strategy.  

How to Find Your h-index

To calculate your h-index please follow the instructions on the attached "How to Find your h-index" document. This metric is commonly used to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a researcher's body of work. The metric reflects the most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. For example, if your h-index is 20, that means you have 20 publications that have been cited at least 20 times in the literature.