, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 419-425

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Peer review at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

  • I. HartmannAffiliated withInstitut für Sportsoziologie und Friezeitpädagogik, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln
  • , F. NeidhardtAffiliated withWissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

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Results of a study designed to investigate the peer review system at theDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft are presented. 242 applications for grants and 639 corresponding reviews were analysed to explore criteria actually used by peers in assessing the quality of proposals. The findings show a wide range of criteria used, an uneven distribution of positive and negative evaluation along these criteria, high inter-referee agreement and different degrees of impact of the evaluations on the overall recommendation.