Scientific output

Scientific output

Publications or other forms of scientific output are considered EMGO+ output if and only if the institute has been mentioned in the affiliations of one (or more) of the co-authors, and the co-author was an EMGO+ researcher in the year of publication. Table 6 lists the number of refereed papers that were published in 2015 as well as other scientific output. Although the bulk of the output is in the form of papers in scientific journals, EMGO+ researchers also produce many book chapters and professional publications in clinical practice oriented journals, thus contributing to the necessary knowledge transfer to professionals in several health care settings. Appendix 5 provides a full list of the 2015 EMGO+ publications, ordered per program and by the main categories used in table 6 (i.e., refereed, non-refereed, book chapters, professional, general public).

EMGO+ Institute 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Refereed articles 789 851 954 1124 1209 1263
Non-refereed articles 157 17 18 11 5 13
Books and book chapters 131 82 110 102 65 77
PhD theses 52 42 61 77 58 93
Professional publications 75 110 164 218 200 189
Publications aimed at the general public 4 5 18 23 23 19
Total publications 1205 1107 1325 1555 1560 1654

Table 6 (SEP D3b) – EMGO+ Scientific output in 2010-2015

PhD theses

Table 6 also lists the number of PhD theses completed in 2015. A total of 277 EMGO+ PhD students were working on their thesis within the institute, representing ~139 research FTE (see table 3). Of them 46 PhD students were external, i.e., they were not appointed by VUmc. A total of 93 PhD theses were produced in 2015, the titles of which give a very good overview of the EMGO+ research output (see appendix 6).

International benchmarking

A major aim of the institute is to generate scientific innovation and impact, for which quality is often more important than quantity. In the Netherlands the research performance of all eight medical faculties is externally benchmarked by the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS; of the University of Leiden. This CWTS analysis has a one-year lag in citations and a two-year lag in publications. The analysis does not include publications with only VU University authors. For the EMGO+ Institute this constitutes only 18% of our papers, as the majority of papers are jointly published by authors employed at VUmc and VU University (and quite often by authors with a dual appointment). According to the most recent CWTS bibliometric analysis EMGO+ researchers co-authored 2934 scientific publications in Thomson Reuters Web of science core collection between 2010 and 2013. For comparisons between faculties and between institutes CWTS calculates a so-called MNCS indicator for which 1 represents world average. The 2015 CWTS bibliometric analysis of research papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals reports an average MNCS indicator of 1.59 for EMGO+’s research. This reflects that the scientific impact of EMGO+’s research is 59% above world average in the scientific fields that EMGO+ contributes to.

To allow a more field-specific comparison of EMGO+ researchers to the world average, figure 3 presents the total number of publications (p) between 2010 and 2013, and MNCS (based on the number of citations between 2010 and 2014), for the subject categories according to web of science in which we publish at least 50 papers. The categories ‘Medicine, general and internal’ and ‘Multidisciplinary Sciences’ contain a number of very generic, high impact journals such as Science, Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine, giving this categories a very high MNCS.

Two striking features are evident in the figure. First, EMGO+ remains very true to its transdisciplinary nature by publishing in a large number of fields. Second, the weighted citation score of EMGO+ researchers is above the world average across the board, and more than 50% higher than the world average for 8 out of the 20 categories listed.          


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