FY 2020 Extramural Research Program Highlights

In FY 2020, extramural researchers wrote 460 articles published in 211 peer-reviewed journals, most frequently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Selected outputs, outcomes, and accomplishments of NIOSH-funded extramural research and training during FY 2020 are described in this section. The outputs or products include publications, reports, conference proceedings, presentations/ posters, databases, tools, methods, guidelines, recommendations, education and training materials, inventions, and patents.

From October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, NIOSH-funded extramural research led to 460 peer-reviewed publications in 211 journals. Researchers published their NIOSH-funded studies in an array of journals related to occupational safety and health. Most often, they published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (n=37), followed by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (n=26), the Journal of Agromedicine (n=23), and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (n=21). OEP collected publications by extramural researchers from principal investigator reports to NIOSH, the NIH Reporter database, the NIOSHTIC-2 database, and the PubMed database. NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable database of NIOSH publications, which includes grantee final reports and publications.

Out of 460 extramural articles, 310 (67%) were mentioned or cited. Collectively, these articles were cited 5,826 times in social media, media, research articles, policy documents, and other sources.

In addition, altmetrics are data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics and are an emerging measure of research outcomes. These data give insight into the extent that the public is influenced by, exposed to, promotes, and engages with research online, in the media and beyond. Examples of altmetric data include the number of times a journal article is discussed in online research forums, blogs, and social media sites like Twitter, as well as in mainstream media coverage. Altmetrics also include data on the numbers of times an article has been viewed and cited in other research articles and policy documents. Of the 460 extramural articles, 310 (67%) were mentioned or cited in the ways described 5,826 times, most often on Twitter and in the news media. There was an average of 19 mentions per article, and 41 (9%) of the articles ranked in the top 5% of more than 32.9 million research outputs (journal articles, white papers, reports, etc.) scored by altmetric.com. Data from altmetric were obtained July 21, 2021.

Program highlights or successes of extramural research and training are included in this part of the report.

In addition to publications, the following sections describe other significant outputs or products and successes of NIOSH-funded extramural research funded by grant mechanism during FY 2020.

You can also find this information in the NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program: Annual Report of Fiscal Year 2020.