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Impacts of an interdisciplinary research center on participant publication and collaboration patterns

 

Citation: Bishop, P, Huck SW, Ownley BO, Richards JK, and Skolits GJ. 2014. Impacts of an interdisciplinary research center on participant publication and collaboration patterns. Research Evaluation 234:327-340. [Online]

 

Results of the study indicate that affiliation with a NIMBioS working group has a significant positive effect on participant collaboration activities (i.e. number of co-authors, number of international co-authors, number of cross-institutional co-authors), and a moderate effect on publication activities (i.e. publishing in new fields). Qualitative analysis of interdisciplinarity showed a shift in publication WOS subject categories (SCs) toward mathematical fields. Factors contributing to success cited by interviewees included organized leadership, a positive atmosphere, breaking into sub-groups, and the ability to collaborate with researchers with whom they would not have interacted outside of the group.

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