Go Cite Yourself

Metric-driven academia, with its focus on h-indices and impact factors, can lead to shady behaviors like citation cartels and publication bounties. Superfluous self-citations are also shady, but a few self-citations are natural when developing a line of research. So, go ahead and post a selfie. https://twitter.com/mikusscott/status/975382276434378752 Think of the baristas at your local coffee shop. … Continue reading Go Cite Yourself

The Prevalence of OpenSees in JSE

In Write It Up, Paul J. Silvia describes three journal tiers that apply to any field: Journals that everyone in your field sees as among the best (smallest tier)Important journals that contain most of the field's work (largest tier)"The seamy underbelly of scholarly publishing" In my opinion, the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (JSE) is … Continue reading The Prevalence of OpenSees in JSE

With or Without You

Citation-based metrics are like lottery tickets--they are not for investment purposes and should be used for entertainment only. Unfortunately, some promotion and tenure evaluators treat citation-based metrics like investment decisions. To aid in evaluation, citation-based metrics are readily available online, ranging from Web of Science, which indexes only archival publications, to Google Scholar, which indexes … Continue reading With or Without You

How to Cite OpenSees

In the $latex R^{42}$ space that defines academic performance evaluation, citation-based metrics comprise a small but often over-emphasized subspace. Based on the developers' Google Scholar profiles, it is clear that OpenSees generates a lot of citations from various corners of cyberspace. In the citation-stingy field of structural engineering, the numbers are impressive. On the other … Continue reading How to Cite OpenSees