B – Collaborator proximity as a predictor of scientific impact

Lee K, Brownstein JS, Mills RG et al. Does collocation inform the impact of collaboration? PLoS ONE 2010;5(12):e14279

This study investigated whether the physical proximity of collaborators was a strong predictor of the scientific impact of their research as measured by citations of the resulting publications. It was focused on life sciences research across three major Harvard University campuses. Despite the positive impact of emerging communication technologies on scientific research, the results provided strong evidence for the role of physical proximity as a predictor of the impact of collaborations.