Interdisciplinarity and Research on Local Issues: Evidence from a Developing Country

  title={Interdisciplinarity and Research on Local Issues: Evidence from a Developing Country},
  author={Diego Chavarro and Puay Tang and Ismael Rafols},
This paper examines the role of interdisciplinarity on research pertaining to local issues. Using Colombian publications from 1991 until 2011 in the Web of Science, we investigate the relationship between the degree of interdisciplinarity and the local orientation of the articles. We find that a higher degree of interdisciplinarity in a publication is associated with a greater emphasis on local issues. In particular, our results support the view that research that combines cognitively disparate… 

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