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

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Abstract

Integrity 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalAccountability in Research
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Letters of recommendation
  • mentoring
  • peer review
  • plagiarism
  • RCR education and instruction
  • research integrity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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