NHMRC - funded research among Australia’s best

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12 February 2014
NHMRC Media Release
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Alexis Cooper 6217 9190 media@nhmrc.gov.au

Research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) significantly outperformed other Australian health and medical research between 2005 and 2009, a new report has found.

Measuring Up 2013 is the latest analysis of the publication output of NHMRC funding and the first to directly compare NHMRC-linked research with other Australian health and medical research.

Performance was measured by the number of journal publications generated by research and the number of times those publications were cited by other researchers.

According to NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson, the report highlights the success of the NHMRC in funding high quality Australian research.

“The data show that Australia’s health and medical research overall, and NHMRC-supported research in particular, perform strongly compared to international benchmarks,” Professor Anderson said.

“Although citations and publications are not the only measure of quality, the report shows that on average, NHMRC-funded research receives more attention from other researchers than non-NHMRC funded research,” he said.

Some key data in the report include:

  • Australian health and medical research publications increased by 44% between 2002-2006 and 2005-2009 and now contribute 3.1% of total world publications. NHMRC supported publications increased by 68% in this time.
  • NHMRC-supported publications were cited in other publications 60% more often than the world average. Australian health and medical publications on average were cited 17% more frequently than the world average.
  • Of all NHMRC supported publications, 2.8% were in the top 1% of the most cited health and medical research publications in the world. Australia as a whole contributed 1.8% to the top percentile.
  • In all fields and sub-fields, NHMRC-supported publications on average were cited in other publications consistently more than other Australian health and medical publications.

View Measuring Up 2013