University of California, San Diego
August 6, 2004
In January 2004, a joint Academic Senate/administration task force was convened to study the issue of evaluating electronic publications during the academic review process. In April 2004, the Electronic Publications Task Force issued its report. After consultation with the Academic Senate and academic administrators, I write to advise that there was overall endorsement of the task force's findings and conclusions.
The task force concluded that electronic publishing is used very differently across different academic disciplines, and it is incumbent upon departments to determine the value of the work, no matter what its venue. When preparing academic review files involving electronic publishing, it is important for departments to address the rigor of the peer review, the stature of the publishing venue and its circulation, and the overall impact of the work. The department should articulate how it regards various publication media when evaluating the quality of scholarship, particularly if a publication appears in a venue that is relatively untried. Each department or division is encouraged to establish standards for the review of electronic publications in its respective discipline.
The task force report is available at the following Web site: