What is the optimal number of researchers for social science research?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620867
Title:
What is the optimal number of researchers for social science research?
Authors:
Levitt, Jonathan M.
Abstract:
Many studies have found that co-authored research is more highly cited than single author research. This finding is policy relevant as it indicates that encouraging co-authored research will tend to maximise citation impact. Nevertheless, whilst the citation impact of research increase as the number of authors increases in the sciences, the extent to which this occurs in the social sciences is unknown. In response, this study investigates the average citation level of articles with one to four authors published in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007 in 19 social science disciplines. The results suggest that whilst having at least two authors gives a substantial citation impact advantage in all social science disciplines, additional authors are beneficial in some disciplines but not in others.
Citation:
What is the optimal number of researchers for social science research? 2014, 102 (1):213 Scientometrics
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Scientometrics
Issue Date:
19-Oct-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620867
DOI:
10.1007/s11192-014-1441-1
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11192-014-1441-1
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0138-9130; 1588-2861
Sponsors:
University of Wolverhampton
Appears in Collections:
FOSS

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dc.contributor.authorLevitt, Jonathan M.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-20T17:07:50Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-20T17:07:50Z-
dc.date.issued2014-10-19-
dc.identifier.citationWhat is the optimal number of researchers for social science research? 2014, 102 (1):213 Scientometricsen
dc.identifier.issn0138-9130-
dc.identifier.issn1588-2861-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11192-014-1441-1-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620867-
dc.description.abstractMany studies have found that co-authored research is more highly cited than single author research. This finding is policy relevant as it indicates that encouraging co-authored research will tend to maximise citation impact. Nevertheless, whilst the citation impact of research increase as the number of authors increases in the sciences, the extent to which this occurs in the social sciences is unknown. In response, this study investigates the average citation level of articles with one to four authors published in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007 in 19 social science disciplines. The results suggest that whilst having at least two authors gives a substantial citation impact advantage in all social science disciplines, additional authors are beneficial in some disciplines but not in others.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11192-014-1441-1en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Scientometricsen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectScientometricsen
dc.subjectcollaborationen
dc.subjectCitation analysisen
dc.subjectco-authorshipen
dc.titleWhat is the optimal number of researchers for social science research?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalScientometricsen
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