The main research question tackled in this paper is the role geographical position plays in scientific collaboration. In order to answer this question we ensemble a database containing the life-long publication records of best performing scholars in the field of neuroscience. Using this data we record the geographical location and the network position of these authors with respect to belonging to the center or to the periphery in both dimensions and use this information to analyze how moving into the core of the collaboration network is affected by being in the geographical core or periphery. A striking result from our analysis is that having double affiliations in the geographical center and periphery one can significantly improve performance in all respects (publications, citations, network position and knowledge availability), to even higher levels compared to authors exclusively locating in the geographical core.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Economics and Econometrics
- Urban Studies