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Plurality in multi-disciplinary research: multiple institutional affiliations are associated with increased citations


Sanfilippo, P and Hewitt, AW and Mackey, DA, Plurality in multi-disciplinary research: multiple institutional affiliations are associated with increased citations, PeerJ, 6, (9) Article e5664. ISSN 2167-8359 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.7717/peerj.5664


Background: The institutional affiliations and associated collaborative networks that scientists foster during their research careers are salient in the production of high-quality science. The phenomenon of multiple institutional affiliations and its relationship to research output remains relatively unexplored in the literature.

Methods: We examined 27,612 scientific articles, modelling the normalized citation counts received against the number of authors and affiliations held.

Results: In agreement with previous research, we found that teamwork is an important factor in high impact papers, with average citations received increasing concordant with the number of co-authors listed. For articles with more than five co-authors, we noted an increase in average citations received when authors with more than one institutional affiliation contributed to the research.

Discussion: Multiple author affiliations may play a positive role in the production of high-impact science. This increased researcher mobility should be viewed by institutional boards as meritorious in the pursuit of scientific discovery.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research collaboration, research output, multiple affiliations
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information modelling, management and ontologies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Hewitt, AW (Professor Alex Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Mackey, DA (Professor David Mackey)
ID Code:128763
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-10-11
Last Modified:2019-03-18
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