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Title: Specialization and the road to academic success
Author: COOPER, NATALIE
BELMAKER, JONATHAN
LEE, TIEN MING
WILMAN, HAMISH
Sponsor: Seessel Postdoctoral Fellowship
Author's Homepage: http://people.tcd.ie/ncooper
Keywords: academia
H index
research
academic success
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Ecological Society of America
Citation: Belmaker, J., Cooper, N., Lee, T.M. & Wilman, H., Specialization and the road to academic success, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8, 2011, 514 515
Series/Report no.: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment;8
Abstract: The relative merits of focusing research on few areas of science versus generalizing across topics have important implications for how academics conduct science. Little is known, however, about how research breadth and academic success are related. Drawing on data from more than 4000 ecologists and evolutionary biologists worldwide, we show that highest academic success is achieved at intermediate levels of research breadth. This suggests that being a "jack of all trades" or an overly narrow specialist could both be detrimental to long term academic success.
Description: PUBLISHED
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/10.WB.25
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