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The interplay between scientific overlap and cooperation and the resulting gain in co-authorship interactions
Year:
2015
Source of publication :
PLoS ONE
Authors :
Freilich, Shiri
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Volume :
10
Co-Authors:
Mayrose, I., Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Freilich, S., Newe-ya'Ar Research Center, Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, PO Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, Israel
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Abstract:
Considering the importance of scientific interactions, understanding the principles that govern fruitful scientific research is crucial to policy makers and scientists alike. The outcome of an interaction is to a large extent dependent on the balancing of contradicting motivations accompanying the establishment of collaborations. Here, we assembled a dataset of nearly 20,000 publications authored by researchers affiliated with ten top universities. Based on this data collection, we estimated the extent of different interaction types between pairwise combinations of researchers. We explored the interplay between the overlap in scientific interests and the tendency to collaborate, and associated these estimates with measures of scientific quality and social accessibility aiming at studying the typical resulting gain of different interaction patterns. Our results show that scientists tend to collaborate more often with colleagues with whom they share moderate to high levels of mutual interests and knowledge while cooperative tendency declines at higher levels of research-interest overlap, suggesting fierce competition, and at the lower levels, suggesting communication gaps. Whereas the relative number of alliances dramatically differs across a gradient of research overlap, the scientific impact of the resulting articles remains similar. When considering social accessibility, we find that though collaborations between remote researchers are relatively rare, their quality is significantly higher than studies produced by close-circle scientists. Since current collaboration patterns do not necessarily overlap with gaining optimal scientific quality, these findings should encourage scientists to reconsider current collaboration strategies. © 2015 Mayrose, Freilich.
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10.1371/journal.pone.0137856
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Scopus
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Language:
English
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The interplay between scientific overlap and cooperation and the resulting gain in co-authorship interactions
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Mayrose, I., Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Freilich, S., Newe-ya'Ar Research Center, Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, PO Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, Israel
The interplay between scientific overlap and cooperation and the resulting gain in co-authorship interactions
Considering the importance of scientific interactions, understanding the principles that govern fruitful scientific research is crucial to policy makers and scientists alike. The outcome of an interaction is to a large extent dependent on the balancing of contradicting motivations accompanying the establishment of collaborations. Here, we assembled a dataset of nearly 20,000 publications authored by researchers affiliated with ten top universities. Based on this data collection, we estimated the extent of different interaction types between pairwise combinations of researchers. We explored the interplay between the overlap in scientific interests and the tendency to collaborate, and associated these estimates with measures of scientific quality and social accessibility aiming at studying the typical resulting gain of different interaction patterns. Our results show that scientists tend to collaborate more often with colleagues with whom they share moderate to high levels of mutual interests and knowledge while cooperative tendency declines at higher levels of research-interest overlap, suggesting fierce competition, and at the lower levels, suggesting communication gaps. Whereas the relative number of alliances dramatically differs across a gradient of research overlap, the scientific impact of the resulting articles remains similar. When considering social accessibility, we find that though collaborations between remote researchers are relatively rare, their quality is significantly higher than studies produced by close-circle scientists. Since current collaboration patterns do not necessarily overlap with gaining optimal scientific quality, these findings should encourage scientists to reconsider current collaboration strategies. © 2015 Mayrose, Freilich.
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