News BMJ Group Awards: Research Paper of the Year

And the nominees are…

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c445
  1. Elizabeth Loder
  1. 1Clinical Research Editor, BMJ

    Narrowly put, the BMJ Group research paper of the year has to report scientifically rigorous, original research. But it’s not meant to be solely that. Ideally, the research paper of the year will also have a clear clinical message and international impact. It might concern a problem that is particularly controversial, complex or challenging to study. In short, we think the best paper will describe an ambitious attempt to answer difficult but pressing clinical questions.

    In selecting the papers we try to look forward as well as back, and take a long-range view of which paper is the most important. The papers we choose may not be those most cited in other scientific publications or emphasised by the popular press. We aim instead to choose a paper the impact of which doctors and patients are likely to feel 5 or 10 years from now; in other words, a paper that will “keep on giving.”

    To start the process, we ask readers to identify potentially deserving papers. This year we received an unprecedented and gratifying 167 nominations. A great deal of crunching and winnowing then ensues. Should it be a paper that uses theory and modelling techniques or do we prefer real life studies? Do we think that a paper about behavioural incentives is “medical” enough? Is the research relevant in low resource areas or only in the developed world? … In the end there is more than a little subjectivity, and yet the degree of consensus is remarkably high.

    This year, Trish Groves (deputy …

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