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Cariplo foundation praises revised peer-review system

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Fondazione Cariplo, one of Italy’s main non-profit research funders, has increased the number of publications resulting from its biomedical research after revising how it reviews applications.

A report on the foundation’s activities from 2001 to 2013 stated that the peer review process was refined within the first six years, when more and more reviewers were recruited from abroad, most notably the UK and United States. Lucia Brambilla and Paolo Canino, the authors of the report, said this led to higher than average publications in peer-reviewed journals.

In total, the foundation’s funding resulted in 1,742 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 1,432 conference presentations, the report said. In addition, the average number of citations per peer-reviewed article was 48, and Cariplo-funded researchers filed 30 patents.

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