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Interdisciplinarity and research on local issues: evidence from a developing country

AutorChavarro, Diego; Tang, Puay; Rafols, Ismael
Palabras claveInterdisciplinary research
ST&I capabilities
Socio-economic impact
Research assessment
Excellence
Local knowledge
Fecha de publicación2014
EditorOxford University Press
CitaciónResearch Evaluation 23(3): 195-209 (2014)
ResumenThis paper explores the relationship between interdisciplinarity and research pertaining to local issues. Using Colombian publications from 1991 until 2011 in the Web of Science, we investigate the relationship between the degree of interdisciplinarity and the local orientation of the articles. We find that a higher degree of interdisciplinarity in a publication is associated with a greater emphasis on Colombian issues. In particular, our results suggest that research that combines cognitively disparate disciplines, what we refer to as distal interdisciplinarity, tends to be associated with more local focus of research. We discuss the implications of these results in the context of policies aiming to foster the local socio-economic impact of research in developing countries. © The Author 2014.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvu012
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/107380
DOI10.1093/reseval/rvu012
Identificadorese-issn: 1471-5449
issn: 0958-2029
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