Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Robert Morse (U.S. News Chief Data Strategist), U.S. News Considers Evaluating Law School Scholarly Impact:
U.S. News & World Report is expanding its Best Law Schools data collection with the goal of creating a new ranking that would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the U.S.
The intent is to analyze each law school’s scholarly impact based on a number of accepted indicators that measure its faculty’s productivity and impact using citations, publications and other bibliometric measures.
U.S. News is collaborating with William S. Hein & Co. Inc., the world's largest distributor of legal periodicals, to complete this analysis.
To begin the process, U.S. News is asking each law school to provide U.S. News with the names and other details of its fall 2018 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.
This information will be used to link the names of each individual law school's faculty to citations and publications that were published in the previous five years and are available in HeinOnline, an online database of historical and government documents. This includes such measures as mean citations per faculty member, median citations per faculty member and total number of publications.
U.S. News will then use those indicators to create a comprehensive scholarly impact ranking of law schools.
Scholarly impact will not be a factor in the overall Best Law Schools rankings published by U.S. News in the late winter or early spring 2019. Rather, U.S. News is considering publishing a separate law school scholarly impact ranking during the 2019 calendar year.