HuMetricsHSS is an initiative for rethinking humane indicators of excellence in academia, focused particularly on the humanities and social sciences (HSS). Comprised of individuals and organizations from the academic, commercial, and non-profit sectors, HuMetricsHSS endeavors to create and support a values-based framework for understanding and evaluating all aspects of the scholarly life well-lived and for promoting the nurturing of these values in scholarly practice.
HuMetricsHSS takes the approach that if our metrics are not shaped by our core values, our values will be distorted by our metrics. We have committed to the five values outlined here in pursuing a values-based approach to transforming the culture of higher education.:
COLLEGIALITY, which can be described as the professional practices of kindness, generosity, and empathy toward other scholars and oneself;
QUALITY, a value that demonstrates one’s originality, willingness to push boundaries, methodological soundness, and the advancement of knowledge both within one’s own discipline and among other disciplines and with the general public, as well;
EQUITY, or the willingness to undertake study with social justice, equitable access to research, and the public good in mind;
OPENNESS, which includes a researcher’s transparency, candor, and accountability, in addition to the practice of working and publishing in the open when possible;
COMMUNITY, the value of being engaged in one’s community of practice and with the public at large and also in practicing principled leadership.