The published research paper: is it an important indicator of successful operational research at programme level?
Van Den Boogard, W
Harries, A D
AffiliationMedecins sans Frontieres, Operational Centre Brussels, 68 Rue de Gasperich, Luxembourg. firstname.lastname@example.org
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AbstractIs a published research paper an important indicator of successful operational research at programme level in low-income countries? In academia, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals is highly encouraged and strongly pursued for academic recognition and career progression. In contrast, for those who engage in operational research at programme level, there is often no necessity or reward for publishing the results of research studies; it may even be criticized as being an unnecessary detraction from programme-related work. We present arguments to support publishing operational research from low-income countries; we highlight some of the main reasons for failure of publication at programme level and suggest ways forward.
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