Share Paper: Slaying "I" Monsters: The Pros and Cons of Using SSCI as a Benchmark of Productivity

  1. Curt Bonk, Indiana University, United States
Wednesday, June 25 2:45 PM-3:45 PM B1096

Abstract: There are drums beating in higher education settings around the world for higher rankings and the prestige that comes with it. Every university is gunning for top rankings and respect. Many universities are fixating on publications as their route to worldwide acclaim. Specifically, they want publications that are prominently listed in SSCI (Social Science Citation Index), SCI (Science Citation Index), and A&HCI (Arts & Humanities Citation Index) journals. Governments and institutions of higher learning have backed this effort up with hefty pay raises and bonuses, distinguished titles, and monumental perks. Publishing in SSCI denotes status and success. For many, especially ...