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Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research
accomplishments of interdisciplinary researchers; a matrix approach is one that would consider IDR as an integral part of the disciplines in which the researchers are “embedded” and make visible the cross-departmental efforts of the researchers who make up the interdisciplinary teams.
Include as evaluation criteria the comentoring of doctoral students, the contributions of individuals to multiple departments, and publication criteria. The publication criteria might include the nature of the journal audiences for whom the work is published; citation analysis that reveals a broad interdisciplinary interest in the work being cited; “double counting” of publications, by which credit for a given paper is awarded to all coauthors; multiple-authorship patterns that would reveal the disciplinary backgrounds of coauthors; and others that are still being developed.
Include the facilitation of interdisciplinarity as part of the accreditation process.