[Sigmetrics] CfP: Special issue on the Reward System of Science (Aslib Journal of Information Management)

Adele Paul-Hus adele.paulhus at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 14:35:54 EDT 2016

*Please forward to interested colleagues and other listservs*

*The Reward System of Science: Special issue call for papers from Aslib
Journal of Information Management

This special issue, to be published in 2017, is guest edited by Adèle
Paul-Hus and Nadine Desrochers, University of Montreal, and Sarah de Rijcke
and Alex Rushforth, Leiden University.

Inquiries can be sent directly to Adèle Paul-Hus (
adele.paul-hus at umontreal.ca).

*What is the focus of this special issue?*

The transformations of scholarly communication and sharing of results have
led to important modifications in the landscape of scientific recognition
in the last decades. Hyperauthorship, the inflation of author numbers,
continues to reach new heights, bringing new debates around the concepts of
scientific credit, responsibility, and accountability. Questions regarding
scientific signature in terms of “who did what” and who should get his or
her name in the byline (or be thanked in the acknowledgements section) have
led to changes in editorial policies and requirements for contributorship
statements from certain journals. Citations and derived indicators are now
being ubiquitously used to promote publications and evaluate researchers.
Moreover, ongoing research on other paratextual elements, such as
acknowledgements, has not yet yielded clear answers as to their role and
value in researchers’ evaluations.

New sets of usage metrics have emerged from social media activities in the
context of scholarly communication; commonly coined as “altmetrics”, social
media metrics comprise a range of indicators based on the measurement of
online activity. However, their heterogeneity has generated discussions
regarding their meaning and value in the reward system of science. It goes
without saying that this changing and complex—not to mention
pressure-filled—landscape has a direct effect on the behavior and choices
made by researchers. Researchers are being pulled in different directions
by the changing practices of scholarly communication and publication, the
multiplication of metrics, and new incentives to produce societally
relevant research. Therefore, a discussion around the effects of indicators
and the system they are shaping is both necessary and timely.

For this special issue, we invite quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods,
and theoretical research papers focusing on the various elements of the
reward system of science. Papers may also discuss how these elements
combine, the tensions inherent to the accumulation of credit, and measures
of a scholar’s “value” or “worth”. Potential topics include but are not
limited to:

   - Credit distribution in science: authorship, contributorship,
   acknowledgements, etc.
   - Disciplinary differences in credit distribution
   - Disciplinary differences in research evaluation
   - Disciplinary differences in researchers’ careers
   - The challenges of measuring interdisciplinary research
   - The ethics of credit distribution in science
   - Editorial policies and disciplinary guidelines in credit distribution
   - The relationship between research funding, scientific activities, and
   research practices
   - The relationship between scientific activities, research outputs, and
   the indicators used to measure them
   - The roles and influences of citations and derived indicators on
   scientific activities and research practices
   - The relationship between social media presence, acts, and scientific
   activity or evaluation
   - Social media policies in the scientific field
   - Gaming or abuse of bibliometrics and/or social media metrics
   - The ethics of bibliometrics and/or social media metrics
   - Existing and changing relationships between bibliometrics and peer


Papers should focus on the reward system of science and one or many of its
various constitutive elements. All methodological approaches are welcome.
Case studies and proof-of-concept studies should present new and unique
findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments.
Opinion pieces will not be considered for the special issue.
Papers should be 4,000 to 9,000 words in length (including references) and
in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines

Submissions to Aslib Journal of Information Management are made using
ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system.
Registration and access is available here
<http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajoim>. Full information and guidance on
using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne
Manuscripts Support Centre <http://msc.emeraldinsight.com>.

For all additional information prior to submission, please contact Adèle
Paul-Hus (adele.paul-hus at umontreal.ca).

*About the Journal*

Aslib Journal of Information Management
(AJIM; previously: Aslib Proceedings, ISSN: 2050-3806) is a peer-reviewed
international journal providing key insights into the latest international
developments in the research and practice of information management and
information science.

*Schedule dates and submission deadlines*

Paper submission: 15 December, 2016
Notice of review results: 15 February, 2017
Revisions due: 15 March, 2017
Publication: Aslib Journal of Information Management, volume 69, issue 4,
2017 (August 2017)

Adèle Paul-Hus
PhD Candidate
Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les transformations de la communication
École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (EBSI)
Université de Montréal
adele.paul-hus at umontreal.ca
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