UCSF’s top 20 most diverse internally-collaborative departments

When UCSF researchers collaborate between departments, how diverse are the collaborations? Here are the top 20 UCSF departments, ranked by the average numbers of UCSF departments their multi-departmental papers include as co-authors (from among the 39 departments whose researchers had a total of 25+ multi-departmental publications published between January 2012 and November 2013).

Details: Data is drawn from UCSF Profiles, and is based on a list of all publications listed on PubMed published between Jan 2012–Nov 2013 whose authors include groups of researchers with primary affiliations to more than one UCSF department. We counted only those publications from researchers with a listed department, and only those departments whose current associated researchers published 25+ publications in conjunction with current members of other UCSF departments between Jan 2012–Nov 2013. No attempt was made to account for the widely varying sizes and scopes of different departments, the fact that researchers may have multiple departmental affiliations, or the fact that some publications may have been authored before the researchers were affiliated with their current primary departments at UCSF. These are the top 20 departments, out of a total of 39 that match our criteria.

  1. Physiological Nursing: co-authors from avg. 2.57 other UCSF departments, among 116 multi-department papers
  2. School of Nursing Dean’s Office: co-authors from avg. 2.44 other UCSF departments, among 52 multi-department papers
  3. Anesthesia/Perioperative Care: co-authors from avg. 1.84 other UCSF departments, among 69 multi-department papers
  4. Physiology: co-authors from avg. 1.83 other UCSF departments, among 29 multi-department papers
  5. Family Health Care Nursing: co-authors from avg. 1.64 other UCSF departments, among 47 multi-department papers
  6. Laboratory Medicine: co-authors from avg. 1.63 other UCSF departments, among 104 multi-department papers
  7. Pharmaceutical Chemistry: co-authors from avg. 1.63 other UCSF departments, among 120 multi-department papers
  8. Pathology: co-authors from avg. 1.62 other UCSF departments, among 234 multi-department papers
  9. Radiation Oncology: co-authors from avg. 1.60 other UCSF departments, among 53 multi-department papers
  10. Microbiology and Immunology: co-authors from avg. 1.57 other UCSF departments, among 49 multi-department papers
  11. Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology: co-authors from avg. 1.57 other UCSF departments, among 74 multi-department papers
  12. Orofacial Sciences: co-authors from avg. 1.57 other UCSF departments, among 53 multi-department papers
  13. HDF Comprehensive Cancer Center: co-authors from avg. 1.55 other UCSF departments, among 31 multi-department papers
  14. Anatomy: co-authors from avg. 1.55 other UCSF departments, among 55 multi-department papers
  15. Pediatrics: co-authors from avg. 1.53 other UCSF departments, among 321 multi-department papers
  16. School of Nursing Community Health Systems: co-authors from avg. 1.52 other UCSF departments, among 31 multi-department papers
  17. Surgery: co-authors from avg. 1.50 other UCSF departments, among 227 multi-department papers
  18. Biochemistry & Biophysics: co-authors from avg. 1.49 other UCSF departments, among 75 multi-department papers
  19. Neurological Surgery: co-authors from avg. 1.47 other UCSF departments, among 393 multi-department papers
  20. Cardiovascular Research Institute: co-authors from avg. 1.45 other UCSF departments, among 53 multi-department papers

UCSF’s top 20 internally collaborative departments

Some UCSF departments consistently reach out out to collaborate with other members of the UCSF community. Here are the top 20 UCSF departments whose researchers have the highest proportion of publications co-authored with members of other UCSF departments from among departments whose researchers had a total of 100+ publications published between January 2012 and November 2013.

Details: Data is drawn from UCSF Profiles, and is based on a list of all publications listed on PubMed published between Jan 2012–Nov 2013 whose authors include groups of researchers with primary affiliations to more than one UCSF department. We counted only publications from researchers with a listed department, and departments with 100+ publications by current associated researchers between Jan 2012–Nov 2013. No attempt was made to account for the widely varying sizes and scopes of different departments, the fact that researchers may have multiple departmental affiliations, or the fact that some publications may have been authored before the researchers were affiliated with their current primary departments at UCSF. These are the top 20 departments, out of a total of 42 that match our criteria.

  1. Epidemiology & Biostatistics: 51.1%
    424 of 829 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  2. Proctor Foundation: 50.3%
    82 of 163 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  3. Pathology: 49.2%
    234 of 476 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  4. Physiological Nursing: 45.5%
    116 of 255 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  5. Neurological Surgery: 43.9%
    393 of 896 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  6. Orofacial Sciences: 42.7%
    53 of 124 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  7. Family Health Care Nursing: 37.0%
    47 of 127 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  8. Clinical Pharmacy: 36.9%
    58 of 157 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  9. Family & Community Medicine: 36.2%
    54 of 149 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  10. Radiology and Biomedical Imaging: 35.0%
    449 of 1284 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  11. Psychiatry: 33.5%
    252 of 753 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  12. Pharmaceutical Chemistry: 33.3%
    120 of 360 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  13. Pediatrics: 32.5%
    321 of 989 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  14. Anatomy: 31.8%
    55 of 173 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  15. Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences: 30.7%
    185 of 602 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  16. Cell & Tissue Biology: 30.5%
    32 of 105 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  17. Dermatology: 30.1%
    129 of 429 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  18. Medicine: 27.7%
    1257 of 4545 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  19. Biochemistry & Biophysics: 26.8%
    75 of 280 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments
  20. Neurology: 26.8%
    400 of 1495 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments

HIV/AIDS research collaborations, visualized

Co-authorship networks give us a sense of the strength of research collaborations. We used co-authorship data to visualize how top HIV/AIDS research institutions worked with one another, based on publications from June 2012 to September 2013. UCSF collaborations are indicated via red lines.

Visualization details: Data includes all known publications related to HIV/AIDS between June 2012 and September 2013 that includes co-authors from two or more institutions. We map each author to their institution, and the size of each institution corresponds with the number of HIV/AIDS publications its members co-authored in that time; only the most prolific institutions are shown to ensure readability of the image. The width of the lines connecting institutions corresponds to the number of publications that include co-authors from both of these institutions. Collaborations with UCSF researchers are indicated with red lines. Colors indicate clusters of institutions that often publish collaboratively, based on network modularity.

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HIV-AIDS Collaborations, June 2012 - Sep 2013

UCSF collaborations, visualized

UCSF researchers often work closely with one another, across departments. We used data from UCSF Profiles to visualize how different departments work together, based on co-authorship patterns.

Visualization details: Data is drawn from UCSF Profiles, and includes all publications co-authored by current UCSF researchers from two more departments and listed on PubMed. The size of each department corresponds with the number of publications that members have published that include partnerships with other departments. The width of the lines connecting departments corresponds to the number of publications between two departments. Colors indicate clusters of departments that often publish collaboratively, based on network modularity. No scaling is done to account for varying sizes of different departments.

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UCSF internal collaborations, by department, based on publication co-authorship

Collaboration Success Wizard — want to test to see if your geographically distributed team is poised for success?

Collaboration Success Wizard.

Check this out … looks really interesting!

Here’s the description from the site:

Once a project is approved to participate [to use the Wizard], we send invitation e-mails to all the project members. The Wizard is an online survey that takes about 30 minutes. Each individual involved in the project should take the survey independently. The more project members who take the survey, the better the data!

And yes – it’s free!

At the end of the survey each participant can see a personalized individual report that contains feedback based on their answers and our research. This report is available immediately, and summarizes both the strong points and the issues at risk for the target collaboration.

The “first follower” is as important as the leader

 I was forwarded a great video from Opinder Bawa (UCSF’s CTO) today —  here’s the video and Opinder’s lead in. 

Kevin Grumbach mentioned in conversation the wonderful 5 minute video from a Ted talk about how being a “first follower” is as important as being a leader.

 Do check out the link below and I think you will find it as relevant as I did for what we are trying to do with team research, community engagement, health professional education, health care teamwork and the like.