By Alan Rauch. As book publishing continues its steady decline, the number of rising scholars who are moving forward—to reappointment, renewal, and promotion—on the strength of peer-reviewed essays, rather than monographs, is trending upward. In fact, peer-reviewed articles are becoming the coin of the academic realm—the capital that effectively "purchases" tenure and promotion for an individual scholar.
Universities are fortunate to have a simple system for counting that capital: tallying scholarly articles, which comes at little or no expense to the institution itself. Let me underscore that. The cost, at least to academic departments, is negligible. See more...