Measuring Research Productivity
The donors who contribute to the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) have made significant investments towards the organization’s mission to advance the health of all dogs and their owners through rigorous scientific research. In return, CHF has remained committed to addressing the health needs of our closest companions through growing our scientific research programs, awarding research funding, and providing educational resources for those dedicated to improving the health of all dogs.
In a general sense, the success of scientific research can be measured by the contribution of a project to the greater understanding of the health concern or disease under study. One tangible measurement of this contribution is through peer-reviewed publication of study results. Peer-reviewed publications are evaluated by researchers in a relevant field of study to ensure standards of quality, credibility, and scientific performance. These publications are accessible to the scientific community, veterinarians, breeders, and the dog-loving public and allow researchers to share investigative findings to continue progress in their field of study.
CHF rigorously tracks the tangible outcomes of our research investments using three metrics: (1) total peer-reviewed publications resulting directly from CHF funding, (2) number of citations per peer-reviewed scientific publication, and (3) impact factor of the journals in which the original research articles were published. As of June 2018, 704 peer-reviewed scientific articles have been published by CHF-funded investigators, appearing in veterinary-specific journals, such as the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and journals with broader biomedical community readership, such as Science and Nature Genetics. The impact of the scientific work can further be measured by how often the original publications are cited or referenced by another investigator to make strides in the area of health research. CHF-funded research has been cited over 23,000 times since 1995. Published outcomes are critical to understanding the impact CHF programs have had on canine health research. Evidence of such return on investment can promote further research and collaborations, and ensures the dissemination and application of groundbreaking research to canine health. This translates to an enhanced understanding of mechanisms that cause disease, more accurate diagnoses and improved treatments for better health of all dogs.
In science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries. By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health. Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.
A searchable list of peer-reviewed publications resulting from CHF-funded research can be found here.
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