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6.2.2 Mapping Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers Publications (forthcoming)
6.2.2 Mapping Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers Publications (forthcoming)
6.2.2 Mapping Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers Publications (forthcoming)

By Angela Zoss & Katy Börner (forthcoming)
This paper reports the results of a scientometric study aimed at evaluating and comparing investigator initiated R01-research and Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers (TTURC) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1999 to 2009. Specifically, the study shows the results of a geospatial and topical analysis, a network analysis of collaboration networks, a funding-input vs. publication-output analysis, and a temporal analysis of data trends and coverage. The results were interpreted by tobacco domain experts providing insight into the overall structure and evolution of tobacco research collaborations, interdisciplinary integration, and impact on science as a whole. The study complements efforts that use the very same controlled R01-TTURC dataset in two ways: First, it shows major differences in collaboration patterns and topical coverage of TTURC funded projects. TTURC co-author networks have small world characteristics making them robust to the frequent movement of people in academia while supporting efficient diffusion of information and expertise. Second, TTURC projects by design have a larger topic coverage and wider spectrum of basic to applied research and practice. This is reflected in their topic coverage but also in the ratio of funding-input versus paper-output – TTURC output goes beyond simply producing papers. We conclude with recommendations on how to improve future evaluations of transdisciplinary research centers.

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