Profiling the Research Productivity of Tenured Information Systems Faculty at U.S. Institutions
MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35(1), pp. 1–15 (ISSN- 0276-7783), 2011
48 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010 Last revised: 30 Jun 2013
Date Written: March 1, 2010
In how many highly rated journal articles do IS research faculty publish to earn tenure? Which journals are highly rated outlets? Tenure candidates, promotion and tenure committees, and those who are asked to write external letters are frequently called upon to answer such questions. When Dennis et al. (2006) examined all IS Ph.D. graduates entering academic careers, few faculty had published enough articles in 20 “elite” journals in six years to meet tenure research expectations at research-extensive schools. Our study builds on the dialog started by Dennis et al. In our study, we counted the number of journal articles at the point of tenure of faculty who earned tenure within five to seven years after their Ph.D. graduation date. We also examined the effect of acknowledging different sets of journals as highly rated on the publication rates of faculty who earned tenure. Specifically, we examined the effects of expanding on Dennis et al. by including MISQ, ISR, JMIS, JAIS, ISJ, EJIS, JIT, and JSIS in the journal basket. We also looked at the effect of acknowledging highly rated non-IS business journals and highly rated computer science and engineering journals. Finally, we present journal publication benchmarks based on these findings for different types of research institutions.
Keywords: Tenure standards, publication standards, publication benchmarks, faculty productivity, scientometrics, Carnegie Classification
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