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How can I find national benchmarks for faculty research productivity in different disciplines?

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Here are three good sources for national statistics on faculty scholarly productivity:

  1. The Chronicle of Higher Education offers access to a proprietary ranking tool called the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index: http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity/. There's an overview of the methodology here: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/01/25/analytics
  2. The National Research Council has also produced a comprehensive ranking of research doctorate programs that includes data on faculty members' research output: http://www.nap.edu/rdp/. Unfortunately, many "applied" fields have not been included in the rankings, which limits their usefulness. The Chronicle of Higher Education has more information here: http://chronicle.com/page/NRC-Rankings/321/
  3. The National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) also has data on faculty research output, though only by broad disciplinary category. See table 23 here: http://nces.ed.gov/das/library/tables_listings/2006176.asp
    Note: several of the other tables (especially 19 and 21) contain useful benchmarking data for other areas as well, such as teaching load and student contact hours. For more of this data, see:  http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_261.asp

In addition, here are some scholarly articles and reports on college faculty members' scholarly productivity:

Finally, if you need help determining the relative importance of a particular journal within your field, try one of these free tools:
  • Eigenfactor: http://eigenfactor.org/
    Provides both an "Eigenfactor" rating (a "measure of the journal's total importance to the scientific community") and an "article influence" rating (the "measure of the average influence of each of its articles over the first five years after publication") for thousands of journals in dozens of science and social science fields.
  • SCIMago Journal & Country Rank:  http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php 
    Ranks nearly 19,000 journal titles in the sciences (no social science or humanities).
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