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Med J Aust. 2007 Sep 17;187(6):348-52.

NHMRC grant applications: a comparison of "track record" scores allocated by grant assessors with bibliometric analysis of publications.

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Clinical Trials, National Stroke Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. marcusnicol@netspace.net.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the correlation between the publication "track record" score of applicants for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants and bibliometric measures of the same publication output; and to compare the publication outputs of recipients of NHMRC program grants with those of recipients under other NHMRC grant schemes.

DESIGN:

For a 15% random sample of 2000 and 2001 project grant applications, applicants' publication track record scores (assigned by grant assessors) were compared with bibliometric data relating to publications issued in the previous 6 years. Bibliometric measures included total publications, total citations, and citations per publication. The program grants scheme underwent a major revision in 2001 to better support broadly based collaborative research programs. For all successful 2001 and 2002 program grant applications, a citation analysis was undertaken, and the results were compared with citation data on NHMRC grant recipients from other funding schemes.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Correlation between publication track record scores and bibliometric indicators.

RESULTS:

The correlation between mean project-grant track record scores and all bibliometric indicators was poor and below statistically significant levels. Recipients of program grants had a strong citation record compared with recipients under other NHMRC funding schemes.

CONCLUSION:

The poor correlation between track record scores and bibliometric measures for project grant applications suggests that factors other than publication history may influence the assignment of track record scores.

PMID:
17874983
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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