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Increase Your Scholarly Impact

A self-service guide to help you increase your scholarly impact, provided by the Libraries' Scholarly Communications and Open Publishing Services.

CV Considerations

There are a number of factors to consider as you draft your CV for tenure and/or promotion. This list may also help you create CVs for annual evaluation, external review, and other purposes.

  1. Does your department/college have a required or preferred CV format? Most departments start with the CV generated by the Faculty Information System, but you'll likely need additional information. Ask your department head or faculty that have gone up for promotion and tenure recently what format you should be using.
  2. What types of evidence that demonstrate the impact of your research does your department want to see? Check your department's promotion and tenure policies for this information. Consider whether to place this information in your personal statement, CV, or both.
  3. If your department wants bibliometric evidence, does it require/prefer . . . 
    • article metrics = citation counts
    • author metrics = h-index and others
    • journal metrics = Journal Impact Factor, CiteScore, Scimago Journal Ranking, h-index, and others
    • acceptance rate
    • one bibliometric source over another? Most frequently used are Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, Scopus, Google Scholar, and Scimago Journal Ranking (SJR)
  4. Does your department allow the use of altmetrics for research assessment? e.g., likes, readers, views, downloads.
  5. Do you need to highlight the publications on which you are the primary author?

Scholary Communications & Open Publishing Coordinator's Recommentations

Here are some recommendations we commonly make to faculty who are preparing CVs for their promotion dossiers. Our goal is to promote readability and understanding of your work.

  1. Use only the bibliometrics required by your department and/or that best demonstrate your impact to avoid making your CV cluttered and difficult to read.
  2. If your department allows multiple metrics, try to use one to three throughout the CV that best demonstrate your impact, e.g., Google Scholar citations and Journal Impact Factor.
  3. Use a table or some kind of formatting to organize your bibliometric information under the entry for each article, book, book chapter, presentation, or other scholarly work.
  4. Consider providing a key to the metrics you will use at the beginning of a section so you won't have to write out the metric names for each entry.
  5. For publications or other scholarly activities that don’t have bibliometrics available, consider alternate ways of demonstrating or explaining their value (audience, visibility, innovative format, pedagogical use, etc.), or consult with us for other ideas.
  6. Where you are a joint author on a publication, put your name in bold or italic font so the evaluators can easily see your role in the scholarly work.

CV Template

You should use whatever CV template your department requires, but if flexibility is allowed, here are some ideas you may want to consider in order to show your scholarly impact.

Resume for Researchers, The Royal Society

The Royal Society is recommending use of this template in order to show "the full range of an individual’s contributions to excellent research." The template was published in 2019.