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Does interdisciplinary research lead to higher scientific impact?

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Amat, Carlos B.
D'Este, Pablo
Porter, Alan L.
Rafols, Ismael
Yegros, Alfredo
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This paper explores the relationship between interdisciplinarity and scientific impact at the paper level. To do so, we first operationalize interdisciplinarity of a paper as the diversity of disciplines it references. Second, we assess whether (and to what extent) different aspects of diversity affect scientific impact, using number of citations per paper as a proxy.
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Ismael Rafols is partially supported by the EU FP7 project FRID (grant 225546), and the US National Science Foundation (Award no. 0830207)
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2011-09-16
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