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“Water Cooler Effect” of collabator productivity

April 23, 2011

Number of scientific paper citations [height] overlaid on the streetplan of the Harvard Medical School campus.  Color [gray to blue] indicates number of papers in which the first and last authors were in the same building .

Data collection: “Gathering data was much harder than Lee expected.  A team of 15 undergraduates used floor plans, staff directories, and their feet to track down the specific office and laboratory addresses of the 7,300 Harvard authors across several Harvard campuses and Massachussetts General Hospital, as well as addresses for the non-Harvard scientists included in the study.”

Did the undergraduates get authorship?   Noooooo……


Unfortuately the link to the interactive map is broken.  Paper located here

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