Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Author Impact Metrics as a Function of Institution Purpose The purposes of this study were to develop a method for assessing speech-language pathology author impact as a function of institution and to compare these results to a recent college ranking of speech-language pathology graduate programs. Method Scopus author impact metrics (i.e., number of ... Article
Article  |   September 25, 2018
Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Author Impact Metrics as a Function of Institution
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  • Andrew Stuart
    Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Healthcare Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Part 2
Article   |   September 25, 2018
Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Author Impact Metrics as a Function of Institution
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 62-82. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.62
History: Received March 31, 2018 , Revised July 6, 2018 , Accepted July 12, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 62-82. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.62
History: Received March 31, 2018; Revised July 6, 2018; Accepted July 12, 2018

Purpose The purposes of this study were to develop a method for assessing speech-language pathology author impact as a function of institution and to compare these results to a recent college ranking of speech-language pathology graduate programs.

Method Scopus author impact metrics (i.e., number of documents, number of citations, h index, and coauthors) were generated for 254 accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology in the United States and Canada. Summed author impact metrics were generated to represent the total institution output, whereas median values were generated to represent a measure of central tendency of individual speech-language pathology faculty performance.

Results A total of 1,532 speech-language pathology faculty members were identified, and 83.2% were located in Scopus. All metrics were positively skewed. All total summed and median impact metrics were positively correlated with the total number of speech-language pathology faculty in the institutions and with the summed number of coauthors (p < .001). Total summed and median impact metrics were higher for research/doctoral versus nonresearch universities (p < .001). Scopus impact metrics were significantly correlated with college program rankings.

Conclusion These metrics may be used in part for attracting prospective students and speech-language pathology faculty and allocating institutional funding and as a standard for institutional production.

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