A Mentoring Opportunity: A Joint Effort in Writing Letters of Recommendation.

TitleA Mentoring Opportunity: A Joint Effort in Writing Letters of Recommendation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMaster, Z
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Pagination52 - 59
Date Published2017/01//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
Keywordseducation , errors , Integrity , INTROSPECTION , LETTERS , Mentoring , Peer , plagiarism , RCR , research
AbstractIntegrity in writing letters of recommendation is important to academic research because it is an influential criterion used pervasively in peer review. While research in the integrity of recommendation letters has concentrated on contents of the letter, bias, and reliability, few have questioned the process of letter writing. Here, I argue that letter writing should be a joint opportunity between mentor/supervisor/advisor and trainee. It results in more compelling letters, may prevent errors and the use of biased language, and serves as an excellent mentoring opportunity promoting self-reflection.
NotesAccession Number: 118709438; Master, Zubin 1; Affiliations: 1: Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, USA; Issue Info: 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p52; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: MENTORING; Subject Term: INTEGRITY; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: INTROSPECTION; Subject Term: ERRORS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Letters of recommendation; Author-Supplied Keyword: mentoring; Author-Supplied Keyword: peer review; Author-Supplied Keyword: plagiarism; Author-Supplied Keyword: RCR education and instruction; Author-Supplied Keyword: research integrity; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611710 Educational Support Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923110 Administration of Education Programs; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Opinion
Short TitleAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance