DOWNLOAD COUNTS. Tenure and review committees like candidates who develop a personal reputation and hence reflect glory on the institution. Impact factors are one crude measure. Another is the Download Count. That is, if you have an academic publication that is accessible on the Internet, is anybody reading it or, better, downloading it? Some publishers maintain download counts and send them to authors. If you are fortunate to receive download counts, keep them. They are handy at tenure and performance review time.