Research Performance Metrics

Research Performance Metrics

April 05, 2011 06:00 ET

"Rising Star" Analysis Identifies Future Research Stars Very Early in Their Careers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - An analysis performed by Research Performance Metrics (RPM) demonstrates that highly successful senior biomedical researchers could be identified as 'outliers' within their first three years of their academic appointments. A very high correlation was found between the rate of citation of research publications early in a scientist's career and their total number of career citations over the 15-25 years that followed. "This analysis may have tremendous implications for universities and research institutes," stated RPM's Tara Lipman, who coordinated the study. "Typically, tenure is awarded in the period between the 4th and 6th years of a researcher joining a university or research institute. A commitment of salary for decades is being made, representing an allocation of several millions of dollars. The 'Rising Star' analysis provides a powerful tool to assist in making these important and financially significant decisions".

The analysis, which included an evaluation of researchers from Canada, the USA and the UK, revealed a very strong linear relationship between early stage and total career citations, with the eventual "star" scientists already being clearly separated from the rest by the third year of their career. Citations of a scientist's research publications by other scientists is one of the best recognized indicators of the impact a scientist has had in their field of study.

Research Performance Metrics is an Ontario-based company specializing in analysis of the impact and influence of medical and scientific research.

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