Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Networking in Research

Networking, citation of academic research, and premature death:
"Our results do suggest two directions of implication. The first is to confirm the conclusion of Robert Merton and successive sociologists of science that citations are not an especially pure measure of scientific impact and may be affected by strategic considerations or information costs. The other is that networking may have a significant impact on the dissemination of research findings and diffusion of valuable knowledge. This second bears on the organisation of research and can have implications for public policies towards the production of basic research."
RelatedData show extent of sexism in physics in 'Nature News' needs subscription but the abstract and comments can be read.

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