How to boost scientific production? A statistical analysis of research funding and other influencing factors

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of several influencing factors on scientific production of researchers. Time related statistical models for the period of 1996 to 2010 are estimated to assess the impact of research funding and other determinant factors on the quantity and quality of the scientific output of individual funded researchers in Canadian natural sciences and engineering. Results confirm a positive impact of funding on the quantity and quality of the publications. In addition, the existence of the Matthew effect is partially confirmed such that the rich get richer. Although a positive relation between the career age and the rate of publications is observed, it is found that the career age negatively affects the quality of works. Moreover, the results suggest that young researchers who work in large teams are more likely to produce high quality publications. We also found that even though academic researchers produce higher quantity of papers it is the researchers with industrial affiliation whose work is of higher quality. Finally, we observed that strategic, targeted and high priority funding programs lead to higher quantity and quality of publications.

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1825-x

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@article{Ebadi2015HowTB, title={How to boost scientific production? A statistical analysis of research funding and other influencing factors}, author={Ashkan Ebadi and Andrea Schiffauerova}, journal={Scientometrics}, year={2015}, volume={106}, pages={1093-1116} }