Basic science pharmacy faculty publication patterns from research-intensive US Colleges, 1999 – 2003
Keywords:Pharmacy faculty, publications, basic sciences, center-based colleges
Objectives:The purpose of this paper was to determine publication patterns of basic science faculty (medicinal chemistry,pharmaceutics, and pharmacology) in research-intensive US colleges of pharmacy utilizing the Science citation index (SCI)database. A secondary purpose was to determine the sensitivity of our SCI search method in identifying basic science faculty publications.
Methods:We searched SCI for publications by basic science faculty from five randomly selected health sciences-based,public colleges of pharmacy for each of the years 1999 – 2003. The search strategy involved searching individual faculty bystate, year and author name.
Results:Our search strategy had a false-positive error rate of approximately 2%. Basic science faculty published an average of 3:6 +/- 4:25 publications per year (95% CI 3.2 – 4.0) for the years 1999 –2003. Approximately 15% of the faculty published 50% of the total publications. Full professors (n= 215) averaged significantly higher publications per year (4.77) compared to associate professor (n=135) at 2.75, and assistant professors (n=120) at 2.59. Pharmacology faculty (n=114)averaged significantly lower publications per year (2.60), compared with pharmaceutics faculty (n=178) at 3.90 and medicinal chemistry faculty (n= 172) at 4.11.
Conclusion:These data provide normative values to compare publication rates among research-intensive basic science pharmacy faculty. However, simple publication counts such as these provide no insight into the quality or importance of thepublished information.
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