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The RCN (Research Coordination Network) experiment: Can we build new research networks?
BioScience (2012)
  • alan l porter
  • todd a crowl, Utah State University
  • jon garner
Abstract
The U.S. National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network (RCN) program broke new ground in funding the development of new research communities of practice. This assessment of RCN supports the conclusion that networking activity was increased for a sample set of projects compared to a control group. Journal articles resulting from RCN support score as highly interdisciplinary. Moreover, those articles appear as notably influential, being published in high impact journals and being highly cited. The RCN program does indeed seem to be fostering new biological science research networks.
Keywords
  • research evaluation,
  • social network analysis,
  • scientometrics,
  • bibliometrics,
  • science overlay maps,
  • interdisciplinarity,
  • integration scores,
  • research knowledge diffusion
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
alan l porter, todd a crowl and jon garner. "The RCN (Research Coordination Network) experiment: Can we build new research networks?" BioScience Vol. 62 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alan_porter/19/