What Makes a Good Scientist?: Determinants of Peer Evaluation among Biologists

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To explore the criteria US biologists use to evaluate their peers' scientific performance, 6 distinguished biology professors were asked to rate 42 former National Science Foundation postdoctoral Fellows on the basis of their curriculum vitae & bibliography. The most powerful predictor of these quality judgments was the rated scientist's annual productivity rate: this explained more than 40% of the variance in the evaluators' judgments. 4 Tables. Adapted from the source document.

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  • Gerhard Sonnert

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