A bibliometric analysis of research by the Cambridge Neuroscience Strategic Research Initiative

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by Salil Gunashekar, Rémi Lavoie, Guillaume Roberge, Mohammed Rashid, Sonja Marjanovic

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Science policy is increasingly interested in the role of networks as enablers of research activity and research performance. This project examined the research performance of a networked initiative in the neuroscience field. Cambridge Neuroscience is a strategic research initiative to connect multidisciplinary neuroscience research and teaching across the University of Cambridge and affiliated institutes. Its mission is to increase the 'fundamental understanding of brain function and enhance quality of life'. It is a virtual centre of excellence with activities organized around five interrelated themes: (i) Developmental Neuroscience; (ii) Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; (iii) Systems and Computational Neuroscience; (iv) Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience; and (v) Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience.

This report summarises the key findings of a bibliometric analysis of research and researchers affiliated with Cambridge Neuroscience. The document aims to serve as an extended summary of the study, intended for dissemination to interested parties. The bibliometric analysis aims to inform and support Cambridge Neuroscience in their strategic direction by providing evidence on the research performance of the network (and its constituent researchers and organisational units) and by exploring collaboration dynamics.

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The research described in this report was prepared for for the Cambridge Neuroscience Strategic Research Initiative, University of Cambridge and conducted by RAND Europe.

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