Joe Palca, journalist at NPR, published a segment Monday, December 15, looking at international scientific collaborations. He spoke with two ecologists, Emilio Bruna, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation and Latin American studies at the University of Florida and Stefano Allesina, assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, on their recent research.
Bruna and Allesina wanted to know the scope of influence international scientific collaboration had on journal placement.
With approximately 20k scientific journals published today and only a fraction of those considered high profile publications that “set the agenda for scientific research,” the pair was interested in determining if collaborative research helped set the bar for inclusion.
The study, published in PLOS ONE, found that international papers receive better placement and are cited more often than non-international papers.