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Table 1 Items of the Career-Success Scale (CSS), the item values, factor loadings, communalities and the item-total correlations

From: Career-Success Scale – A new instrument to assess young physicians' academic career steps

Item Content Item value Factor loading Communality Item-total correlation rit
1 Lectures/Talks at conferences none = 0 0.65 0.43 0.57
   1 to 3 = 1    
   4 to 50 = 2    
2 Publications None = 0 0.71 0.50 0.61
   1 = 1    
   2 to 3 = 2    
   4 and more = 3    
3 Collaboration in research project no = 0, yes = 1 0.75 0.56 0.63
4 Months of research as principal activity no = 0 0.75 0.56 0.54
   up to 9 months = 1    
   10 and more months = 2    
5 Scholarship awarded no = 0, yes = 1 0.74 0.55 0.57
6 Competitively awarded third-party funds no = 0, yes = 1 0.76 0.58 0.58
7 Research awards no = 0, yes = 1 0.56 0.31 0.42
  Career-Success Scale (CSS) range of sum score = 0 – 11 Cronbach's alpha 0.76