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Sonia Vasconcelos Science Education Program/Medical Biochemistry Institute/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Av. Carlos Chagas Filho, 373, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Bloco B, Sala B 039 Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro CEP 21941-902 Brazil

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Martha Sorenson Science Education Program/Medical Biochemistry Institute/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Av. Carlos Chagas Filho, 373, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Bloco B, Sala B 039 Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro CEP 21941-902 Brazil

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Jacqueline Leta Science Education Program/Medical Biochemistry Institute/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Av. Carlos Chagas Filho, 373, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Bloco B, Sala B 039 Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro CEP 21941-902 Brazil

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Abstract  

Traditional input indicators of research performance, such as research funding, number of active scientists, and international collaborations, have been widely used to assess countries’ publication output. However, while publication in today’s English-only research world requires sound research in readable English, English proficiency may be a problem for the productivity of non-native English-speaking (NNES) countries. Data provided by the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) containing the academic profile of 51,223 Brazilian researchers show a correlation between English proficiency and publication output. According to our results, traditional input indicators may fall short of providing an accurate representation of the research performance of NNES developing countries.

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Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
1978
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
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12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
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Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)