A post over at Science Progress dissects a recent Science report on multi-university collaboration. The study looked at 4.2 million papers published over three decades and found that while there was a 'remarkable and nearly universal rise since 1975 in the frequency of collaborations between authors located at different universities,' collaborations between two schools were more likely to be high impact than those coming out of work done at one school among several departments. In essence, "while geography is measurably less important to doing high-impact research, social stratification actually helps increase the gravitational pull of already dominant academic centers."
Finding Your Own Somewhere Else
Dec 16, 2008