Assessing research productivity in an oncology research institute: The role of the documentation center

Donatella Ugolini, Anna Bogliolo, Silvio Parodi, Cristina Casilli, Leonardo Santi

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Abstract

An evaluation method used to assess the quality of research productivity and to provide priorities for budget allocation purposes is presented. This method, developed by a working group of the National Institute for Research on Cancer (IST), Genoa, Italy, is based on the partitioning of categories of the Science Citation Index and Journal Citation Reports (SCI-JCR) into deciles, which normalizes journal impact factors in order to gauge the quality of the productivity. A second parameter related to the number of staff of each institute department co-authoring a given paper has been introduced in order to guide departmental budget allocations. The information scientists of the 1ST Documentation Center who participated in the working group played a pivotal role in developing the computerized database of publications, providing and analyzing data, supplying and evaluating literature on the topic, and placing international bibliographic databases at the working group's disposal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Medical Library Association
Volume85
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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