Researchers who collaborate with others in multiple research areas find that they publish more highly cited papers.

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A small team of Beijing Normal University researchers working with a colleague from Bar Ilan University found that researchers who collaborate with other researchers in multiple research fields tend to publish highly cited papers more than those who generally only work with others in their field . . In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesThe group describes the authorship analysis of papers published in the journal American Physical Society and what they learned about collaboration and the degree to which authoring papers affect different scenarios.

When researchers produce results that they deem worth sharing, they submit a paper describing their work to a recognized journal for publication. Most researchers hope that in addition to sharing what they have learned, they can gain recognition for their accomplishments. One of the ways this recognition is achieved is through quotesOthers cite their work as part of their own operations as they conduct new research and publish their own. In this new effort, researchers wondered how cooperation Among researchers, research efforts may influence citations.

The work involved identifying 3,420 researchers who had published at least 50 papers and then looking at citations for these papers as well as the background of others with whom they collaborated.

They found that most researchers tend to collaborate with people in a small number of areas – only 12% of the collaborations covered three or more areas of research. They also found that those researchers who published the most papers tended to collaborate with single-subject colleagues and had only an average number of citations. On the other hand, those researchers who worked with colleagues in multiple fields tended to have a greater impact, which translates to more citations, even though they published only an average number of papers. They also found that the proportion of multi-subject collaboration has been slowly increasing since the 1940s.

Researchers suggest that scientific reseach It continues to be dominated by single-subject research efforts, which, they note, tend to yield fewer ground-breaking results than efforts involving interdisciplinary collaborations.


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more information:
An Zeng et al, Influential scholars have a higher tendency to engage collaborators on new topics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2022). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2207436119

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