The increase in remote collaboration among scientists is associated with a decrease in innovative discoveries compared to teams working together in person at the same location. These are the conclusions of an analysis of 20 million research articles and four million patent applications published in Nature today.
A study has analysed the citation patterns of 45 million scientific articles and nearly 4 million patents over the last 60 years. Its conclusion is that scientific and technological innovation is proportionally less and less disruptive, although this characteristic remains constant in absolute terms. The results are published in the journal Nature.