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Hannover, Germany

Schneider M.,Institute For Biometrie Der | Fromke C.,Institute For Biometrie Der | Menold E.,University of Heidelberg | Bartsch P.,University of Heidelberg
Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Sportmedizin | Year: 2012

The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the development of sports medicine in Germany with regard to research, teaching and clinical work. Therefore, the evaluation which had assessed the performance in the years 1996- 2000 was repeated with identical methods for the years 2004- 2008. 22 of the 26 university-based institutions that had participated in the first evaluation could be assessed again. Performance and resources of these institutes were compared in pairs over both periods. Institutions which were members of non-medical faculties had again fewer staff, smaller budgets and less original publications in journals with lower impact factors than those belonging to medical faculties. When each publication was given the impact factor (IF) of the respective journal, the average IF per publication increased by 223% from the first to the second evaluation period. During this time, the IF of the 10 journals in which the evaluated institutions published most frequently, increased by only 83%. These data demonstrate that incorporation of sports medicine into a medical faculty is associated with better resources and scientific performance and that there is a trend to publish more papers in journals with higher IF by these institutions. The results of this evaluation confirm the results of the Evaluation 1996 - 2000.

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