Maximizing Access to Results
Beyond getting results posted on our website and published in peer-reviewed journals, it’s important that people have access to the articles in scientific journals. Many journals require a subscription to access all their articles. Open access—the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it, without a paywall or subscription—is one way to ensure wide access to results papers.
Papers published as open access, or made available through public-access provisions, can get more and different readership. With this in mind, PCORI will, at an awardee’s request, pay the fees to provide free public access to peer-reviewed journal articles that present findings from its funded research.
Additionally, we use metrics to track the value of each publication about our funded work. For example, papers about PCORI-funded projects, on average, are published in journals that perform better than 90 percent of all journals on a traditional measure called the journal impact factor. This means that PCORI articles appear in more prestigious journals that tend to be frequently cited in other research.
Since traditional metrics often only speak to how publications are disseminated within the research community, we also look at alternative metrics—called altmetrics—that analyze the attention that papers receive in practical, everyday platforms. This includes article views and downloads, mentions in news outlets, and social media discussion. We’re thrilled to see that 17 percent of PCORI’s CER results articles have very high altmetrics scores, compared to only 1 percent of all medical and health articles.
Papers about PCORI-funded projects, on average, are published in journals that perform better than 90 percent of all journals on a traditional measure called the journal impact factor. This means that PCORI articles appear in more prestigious journals that tend to be frequently cited in other research.
Just the Beginning
In addition to publishing their findings in prominent journals, our awardees have given more than 5,000 presentations, including invited talks, peer-reviewed presentations, webinars, and more. Nearly two-thirds of our funded projects’ researchers have given at least one presentation so far, with more than 40 percent including a patient or another stakeholder partner as a presenter. This serves to both humanize the research and explain how it is patient centered. Our researchers have presented to diverse audiences, which means they are reaching far beyond the traditional research community (see graphic).
And, as you’re likely aware, PCORI provides multiple Dissemination and Implementation funding opportunities to support projects that actively facilitate the uptake and integration of evidence from PCORI-funded studies, in the context of related evidence, into real-world practice.
We have early indications that the results from PCORI-funded studies are on track to be useful and make an impact. We’ll update you on our progress as our funded research portfolio continues to mature.