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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Faculty Scholarship Resources: Qualitative Assessments

Resources to assist faculty with understanding, locating, and collecting bibliometric measures related to their scholarly output. An overview of emerging alternative methods of research assessment.

Qualitative Assessments

If your work is in the humanities, social sciences, the arts or in an emerging or niche discipline, quite often impact factors such as those readily available for natural and some social sciences will be non-existent. Therefore, you will need to gather other forms of information to include in your Form C in order to fully describe the journals where you publish and the reach of your work. This page offers some suggested avenues for finding such qualitative information.

Databases Available at John Jay

MLA Directory of Periodicals (included in MLA International Bibliography) allows you to find information about a specific journal. Depending on the publication, you may be able to discover a variety of characterstics including acceptance rate, circulation numbers, and determine if the journal is peer-reviewed.

Tools Available on the Web

APA Journal Statistics and Operations Data

Ulrich’s Web (also in hard copy at reference desk Z6941 .U5) allows you to look up journal by title, and depending on the publication, discover circulation data, refereed/non-refereed status, editorial board members, audience demographics and review blurbs. There may also be a link to the journal's home page where more information can be found such as article acceptance rate.

WorldCat  One of the many uses of this worldwide collection of library catalogs is answering the question, "How many libraries around the world own your book?" which can be an useful piece of data to include in your Form C.

Other Tools

Other suggested descriptors to include in your publications / scholarly output evaluation which can be found via journal website or by contacting journal staff:

  • Journal description
  • Article acceptance rate
  • Circulation data
  • Review blurbs
  • Editorial board membership