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Library Support for CMU Scholarship

Scholarship and Research Impact

As the same as other universities, CMU recognizes "Tenure is one way in which the freedom to teach and to do research without arbitrary interference is protected. This protection of academic freedom is the fundamental purpose of tenure" CMU/FA Agreement. This recognition is aligned with CMU's statements and values.

Tenure and promotion often value researchers' scholarly impact. This guide provides a set of resources from the Libraries' collection and other sources for CMU faculty, students, and other researchers who look for a variety of ways to identify evidence of research impact of scholarly output.

Different disciplines use different metrics and standards. There are advocacy and debates about how "impact" is valued. The guide is aimed to provide resources holistically that can be used by individual users for their own purposes and by their own judgements.

Note: measuring research guide is developed by referencing the publication: Roemer, Robin Chin, and Rachel Borchardt. 2015. Meaningful metrics: a 21st century librarian's guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact.Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Research impact refers to the contribution of research through its process, findings, products or outputs, and outcomes making a difference (Levin, B. 2004) (Amo, C 2007).

The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. . . Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that research-related skills benefit individuals, organizations and nations. Research Councils UK (RCUK)

Impact is a word with a variety of subtle definitions, each changing over time and wih different audiences, geographies, and local institutional philosophies. (Roemer, R. C. & Borchardt, R., p. 4 2015)


The CMU Libraries has signed transformative agreements with the journal publishers. Under these agreements, the article processing charges (APCs) normally associated with publishing an article in these publishers’ journals are waived. There is no cost to CMU authors upon either submission or publication, and the resulting article will be published in an open format. Meaning as soon as it is published, the article will be fully available worldwide for researchers and students to read, cite, and share. ... Read more

A new model of  scholarly communication is to build open access born-digital special collections. Below are some examples of different initiatives under way. 

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