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Peer Review and Research

Guidance and resources to support the research process for librarians.


In evaluating examples of scholarship, the following guidelines noted in the Promotion Manual ( are to be considered:

Clear Goals: Does the scholar state the basic purposes of his or her work clearly? Does
the scholar define objectives that are realistic and achievable? Does the scholar identify
important questions in the field?

Adequate Preparation: Does the scholar show an understanding of existing scholarship
in the field? Does the scholar bring the necessary skills to his or her work? Does the
scholar bring together the resources necessary to move the project forward?

Appropriate Methods: Does the scholar use methods appropriate to the goals? Does
the scholar apply the methods selected effectively? Does the scholar modify procedures in
response to changing circumstances?

Significant Results: Does the scholar achieve the goals? Does the scholar’s work add
to the field consequentially? Does the scholar’s work open additional areas for further

Effective Presentation: Does the scholar use a suitable style and effective organization
to present his or her work? Does the scholar use appropriate forums for communicating
work to its intended audiences? Does the scholar present his or her message with clarity and

Reflective Critique: Does the scholar critically evaluate his or her own work? Does the
scholar bring an appropriate breadth of evidence to his or her critique? Does the scholar use
evaluation to improve the quality of future work?


These guidelines and further explanation of each come from:
C.E. Glassick, C.E, Huber, M.T. & Maeroff, G.I. (1997). Standards of scholarly work. In Scholarship assessed: Evaluation of the professoriate (pp. 22-36). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.