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

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Sanfilippo, P, Hewitt, AW ORCID: 0000-0002-5123-5999 and Mackey, DA 2018 , 'Plurality in multi-disciplinary research: multiple institutional affiliations are associated with increased citations' , PeerJ, vol. 6 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.7717/peerj.5664.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sanfilippo, P and Hewitt, AW and Mackey, DA
Keywords: research collaboration, research output, multiple affiliations
Journal or Publication Title: PeerJ
Publisher: PeerJ, Ltd.
ISSN: 2167-8359
DOI / ID Number: 10.7717/peerj.5664
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Copyright 2018 The AuthorsLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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