, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 423–433 | Cite as

The effect of multidisciplinary collaborations on research diversification

  • Giovanni AbramoEmail author
  • Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo
  • Flavia Di Costa


This work verifies whether research diversification by a scientist is in some measure related to their collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. The analysis considers the publications achieved by 5300 Italian academics in the sciences over the period 2004–2008. The findings show that a scientist’s outputs resulting from research diversification are more often than not the result of collaborations with multidisciplinary teams. The effect becomes more pronounced with larger and particularly with more diversified teams. This phenomenon is observed both at the overall level and for the disciplinary macro-areas.


Bibliometrics Co-authorship Research specialization Italy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Abramo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Flavia Di Costa
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory for Studies in Research Evaluation, Institute for System Analysis and Computer Science (IASI-CNR)National Research Council of ItalyRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi e InformaticaConsiglio Nazionale delle RicercheRomeItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’ImpresaUniversità degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly
  4. 4.Research Value s.r.l.RomeItaly

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