The first cut is the deepest: Repeated interactions of co-authorship and academic productivity in Nobel laureate teams

Chan, Ho Fai, Önder, Ali Sina, & Torgler, Benno (2016) The first cut is the deepest: Repeated interactions of co-authorship and academic productivity in Nobel laureate teams. Scientometrics, 106(2), pp. 509-524.

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Despite much in-depth investigation of factors influencing the co-authorship evolution in various scientific fields, our knowledge about how efficiency or creativity is linked to the longevity of collaborative relationships remains very limited. We explore what Nobel laureates’ co-authorship patterns reveal about the nature of scientific collaborations looking at the intensity and success of scientific collaborations across fields and across laureates’ collaborative lifecycles in physics, chemistry, and physiology/medicine. We find that more collaboration with the same researcher is actually no better for advancing creativity: publications produced early in a sequence of repeated collaborations with a given coauthor tend to be published better and cited more than papers that come later in the collaboration with the same coauthor. Our results indicate that scientific collaboration involves conceptual complementarities that may erode over a sequence of repeated interactions.

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ID Code: 93033
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Innovation, Scientific collaboration, Team formation, Nobel laureates
DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1796-y
ISSN: 0138-9130
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: 2015 Akade´miai Kiado´ , Budapest, Hungary
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2016 01:50
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 00:50

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