Nowadays science is much more a team effort than it was decades ago. Research under Dutch universities has shown that international cooperation results in increased article impact.
In the table below the article impact of Dutch universities is shown for articles with single affiliations, national copublications and international copublications (Source: Jager et al. 2011).
It is clear that for most universities articles that are the fruit of international cooperation result in the highest article impact. Only articles from Utrecht University (UU) buck this trend.
Research from Wuchty et al. (2007) showed that teams increasingly dominate solo authors in the production of knowledge. Research is increasingly done in teams across nearly all fields. Teams typically produce more frequently cited research than individuals do, and this advantage has been increasing over time and teams now also produce the exceptionally high-impact research, even where that distinction was once the domain of solo authors
- Jager, C.J., J. Veldkamp, D. Aksnes, R. te Velde & P. den Hertog (2011). Wetenschaps-, Technologie & Innovatie Indicatoren 2011. Utrecht, Dialogic innovatie ● interactie http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2011/11/15/wetenschaps-technologie-innovatie-indicatoren-2011.html.
- Wuchty, S., B. F. Jones, et al. (2007). The increasing dominance of teams in production of knowledge. Science 316(5827): 1036-1039. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1136099