Keep it Moving: Understanding Research Mobility’s Effect on Productivity and Impact

By Gali Halevi | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 1428 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029| Email:

Henk F. Moed | Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering Antonio Ruberti, University of Rome  “La Sapienza”, 00185, Italy | Email:

Judit Bar-Ilan | Judit Bar-Ilan, Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002, Israel. Email:

With the globalization of science and the availability of online resources to help identify potential international collaborations, researches are seeking opportunities outside their institutions and sometimes outside their country of origin. It is unknown, however, whether these types of scientific mobility have positive effects on the productivity or impact of their work. On the one hand, mobility can be positive, since researchers moving to a new affiliation and/or country might find opportunities to expand their network and further their knowledge and expertise. On the other hand, the period of adjustment and familiarity with a new affiliation and/or country can potentially delay the publication of new studies. In addition, one’s affiliation with a new institution might take time to be recognized by the scientific community.

By using data on the number of affiliations, countries, number of publications and citations for 300 top performing researchers between 2010 and 2015, we sought to discover whether researchers’ “productivity” in terms of the number of publications they produce and the “impact” of these publications in terms of number of total and relative citations they receive, is affected by mobility.

Here are a few examples:

Mobility between at least two affiliations and two countries has a positive effect on the average number of publications and citations in Neuroscience.


Data source: Elsevier™

Top oncology researchers have at least two affiliations in their profiles.  Mobility between institutions and countries has a positive effect on oncological research output.  Two countries and two affiliations seem to generate more research as well as citations in Oncology.


Data source: Elsevier™

Infectious Diseases researchers see the most benefit when researchers move between two affiliations in one country.

Infectious Disease

Data source: Elsevier™


  1. Neuroscience researchers see the most benefit when researchers move between two affiliations and two or three countries.
  2. Oncology researchers see the most benefit when researchers move between two affiliations in one or two countries.
  3. Infectious Diseases researchers see the most benefit when researchers move between two affiliations in one country.


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Thanks for making NextGen Nursing a success!

By Robin O’Hanlon, MIS

The second event in our Research Insider seminar series – NextGen Nursing: Advances in Nursing Technology and Research took place on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The event was incredibly will attended a total success overall.


Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, Mount Sinai’s Chief Nursing Officer/Senior Vice President, Nursing Department Chair, and Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education got things off to a great start with opening remarks.


The witty and insightful Melanie Pratts, Medical Systems, Information Technology, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai discussed her decision after to go to Nursing School 10 years in IT.  In her presentation she discussed how nursing school has influenced her practice as an IT director.


Nadia Sultana, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor Program Director, Nursing Informatics Master’s and Advanced Certificate Programs, NYU College of Nursing, illustrated how the role of nursing informatics is evolving to now include activities outside the traditional hospital walls, such as initiatives related to Telehealth, Genomics and use of data analytics for research.

Robbie Freeman, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Associate Director, Clinical Innovation & Informatics, Mount Sinai Hospital, gave participants an overview of big data and analytics in healthcare and demonstrate ways we can leverage these tools to improve patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiencies.

Finally, Kathy Jensen, MHA, RN, Medical Client Services Manager for EBSCO Health, demonstrated Nursing Reference Center Plus, the premier evidence-based information resource designed specifically for nurses, which has recently been licensed by Levy Library.

We encourage you to check out our Nursing Resources Trial page  to access Nursing Reference Center Plus and other nursing resources, including Board Vitals Nursing Review, Clinical Key Nursing, and Taylor’s Handbook of Clinical Nursing Skills. Your feedback will determine if we decide to continue with licensing these resources in the future.

If you weren’t able to attend the event, you’ll be able to view it on our YouTube channel shortly.

Register now for Lessons in Scientific Publishing

Registration is now open for the Spring 2 semester for a new course offering, Lessons in Scientific Publishing, a 1 credit elective course for the ISMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Being published in high quality, reputable journals and ensuring high impact in both traditional and alternative metrics is essential to a successful career today in science and medicine. The aims of this course are to familiarize students with the processes of writing and publishing scientific papers and to learn how to create a professional online presence that will allow their work to be noticed and cited. The course offers ISMMS students the opportunity to become adept in the processes of research organization, article submission and peer-review as well as creating and maintaining online presence as a vehicle to promote their work and their accomplishments.

The course provides a comprehensive overview of all aspect of scientific publishing. Topics discussed include searching scientific literature using information resources (i.e., PubMed, Scopus, & Web of Science), saving & organizing references using citation management tools, writing an effective literature review, maintaining academic integrity & avoiding plagiarism, ensuring article discoverability & attention, journal selection, style & formatting, manuscript submission, and the peer review process.


Term: Spring 2 2016

Course number: BSR2004

Course title: Lessons in Scientific Publishing

Credits: 1

Course Directors: Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD and Rachel Pinotti, MLIS

Faculty: Jose Silva, MD and Benhur Lee, MD

Please feel free to contact Gali Halevi ( or Rachel Pinotti ( with any inquiries.