Emory Indicators

Advances in scientific output and impact

Vol. 9 No. 1
September 2006

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Who's Afraid of the IRB?
How the Institutional Review Board stepped into the research culture gap

Bolstering the Infrastructure

"If you look at the exponential growth in the amount of research dollars at Emory in 1990 as compared to 2005–06, it’s clear that we hadn’t invested in the overall infrastructure to keep pace with the volume of research and research dollars flowing through the institution."

"The granting organizations aren’t stupid. They’re going to go where they think can get a trial done fastest. If we’re slow, they’ll know about it and go somewhere else. When people approach me about doing clinical trials, they ask me how fast our IRB is. It’s one of their first questions."

Biography Redux
New interest in an old standard

Keeping Cultural DNA Intact
The Italian Virtual Class Chiavi di lettura method

Mixed Messages
Ten years after the Emory Commission on Teaching

Encouraging Words
Suggestions from the Manuscript Development Program

Reading to help you write

Emory Indicators



Increasingly, citation impact—or the number of times a scientific paper is cited in other studies—is being used as a measure of institutions’ research productivity and as a proxy for institutional reputation. This chart uses data from the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to show the citation-impact average for Emory in all social sciences and science fields combined, along with the peer group average. Overall, a paper published by an Emory author within the last five years was cited 9.7 times. Notably, the gap in citation impact between Emory and its peers has closed over the past 25 years. The ISI University Science Indicators database employed in this analysis is widely used by organizations worldwide. The analysis is limited to the health, life, computer, engineering, social, and physical sciences because research outputs in the humanities are not measured fairly by the ISI databases. A future edition of AE will highlight the progress Emory scholars made in specific fields.