Bordons M, Zulueta MA "Interdisciplinarity of Spanish cardiovascular research teams" REVISTA ESPANOLA DE CARDIOLOGIA 55 (9): 900-912 SEP 2002

Eugene Garfield garfield at CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU
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Maria Bordons : mbordons at

Title   Interdisciplinarity of Spanish cardiovascular research teams
Author  Bordons M, Zulueta MA
Journal REVISTA ESPANOLA DE CARDIOLOGIA 55 (9): 900-912 SEP 2002

 Document type: Article   Language: Spanish
 Cited References: 21     Times Cited: 1

Objectives. The incidence of interdisciplinarity (ID) in Spanish
cardiovascular research teams was analyzed and scientists'opinions about
interdisciplinary relationships were examined.

Methods. The data analyzed were obtained in a survey sent in 1999 to a
sample of 310 researchers. They were selected using bibliometric techniques
and/or for being research project leaders in recent years.

Results. The response rate was 61%. Data were obtained from 130 research
teams located mainly in Madrid and Catalonia. Teams doing clinical research
(81%) and those working in hospitals (64%) predominated. Different facets of
interdisciplinary nature of the teams were analyzed: scientist training,
team composition, behavior patterns, collaboration, and publication and
reading habits. A high ID was observed in the area: more than 70% of the
teams are nterdisciplinary
according to the training of scientists, around 80% make use of knowledge or
techniques from other disciplines, and around 90% read and publish in
journals outside their own disciplines. Basic research teams had a higher ID
than clinical ones. A total of 37 highly interdisciplinary teams were
identified. These teams had a greater tendency towards collaboration.

Conclusions. Interdisciplinary reading and publishing habits were the norm
among Spanish researchers, even in single-discipline groups. The scattered,,
nature of teams, their high rate of external collaborations, and the
context of centers enhance interdisciplinary relationships. Administrative
barriers do not seem to be a major obstacle to establishing
interdisciplinary contacts.

Author Keywords:
cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular system, research personnel,
questionnaires, interdisciplinarity

KeyWords Plus:

Bordons M, CSIC, Ctr Informac & Documentac Cientifica, CINDOC, Joaquin Costa
22, Madrid 28002, Spain
CSIC, Ctr Informac & Documentac Cientifica, CINDOC, Madrid 28002, Spain
Univ Alcala de Henares, Fac Documentac, Madrid, Spain


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