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Constructing a Tool for Assessing Scholarly Webtexts

Constructing a Tool for Assessing Scholarly Webtexts

This webtext presents a tool for assessing the scholarly value of online journal publications; it is a part of a larger forthcoming study that investigates the scholarly nature of online texts toward facilitating their acceptance within English Studies as evidence of scholarship for professional advancement purposes. Within the academy, there exists a widespread perception that online journal publications lack scholarly value—particularly in comparison to traditional print publications—and therefore they may not be recognized by tenure, promotion and review (TPR) committees as equal evidence of scholarly achievement (Burbules, 1997; Katz, 1997; Taylor, 1997; Walker, 1997; Gruber, 2000; Palmquist, 2001; Krause, 2002). Invested groups include: (1) scholars who produce these publications and (2) those who judge them (TPR committee members and external reviewers; journal editors and editorial board members as decision makers). These groups could benefit from a better understanding of the characteristics that comprise scholarly online journal publications.


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