Are Patenting Scientists the Better Scholars? An Exploratory Comparison of Inventor-authors with their Non-inventing Peers in Nano-science and Technology

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between scientific publication and patenting activity. More specifically, it examines for the field of nano-science and nano-technology whether researchers who both publish and patent are more productive and more highly cited than their peers who concentrate on scholarly publication in communicating their research results. This study is based on an analysis of the nano-science publications and nano-technology patents of a small set of European countries. While only a very few nano-scientists appear to hold patents in nano-technology, many nano-inventors seem to be actively publishing nano-science research. Overall, the patenting scientists appear to outperform their solely publishing (non-inventing) peers in terms of publication counts and citation frequency. However, a closer examination of the highly active and highly cited nano-authors points to a slightly different situation. While still over-represented among the highly cited authors, inventor-authors appear not to be among the most highly cited authors in that category, with a single notable exception. One policy implication is that, generally speaking, patenting activity does not appear to have an adverse impact on the publication and citation performance of researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1646-1662
Number of pages17
JournalResearch Policy
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Patent-publication trade-off
  • Science?technology linkage
  • Star scientists
  • Bibliometrics

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