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Relationship between connectivity and academic productivity


  • Clarice Gameiro Fonseca Pachi

    () (Academic Network at Sao Paulo
    Faculdade de Medicina Da Universidade de Sao Paulo)

  • Jorge Futoshi Yamamoto

    (Academic Network at Sao Paulo)

  • Anna Paula Amadeu Costa

    (Academic Network at Sao Paulo)

  • Luis Fernandez Lopez

    (Faculdade de Medicina Da Universidade de Sao Paulo
    Florida International University)


A relevant factor in the growth of academic productivity in the second half of 20th century is the implementation of the internet, particularly in developing countries. One of the first networks in Brazil is the Academic Network at Sao Paulo (ANSP), a regional network implemented in the state of Sao Paulo, which contains the largest concentration of researchers in the country. This study presents a unique metric for analyzing the impact of ANSP in academic productivity in the state of Sao Paulo. We correlate academic production and available bandwidth using Fisher ideal price index with suitable variables to evaluate the impact of the internet on research centers and universities. We find that the members of ANSP show a steady growth in academic productivity compared with other institutions outside of the ANSP network. These results suggest that policies which increase available bandwidth can positively affect academic productivity.

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  • Clarice Gameiro Fonseca Pachi & Jorge Futoshi Yamamoto & Anna Paula Amadeu Costa & Luis Fernandez Lopez, 2012. "Relationship between connectivity and academic productivity," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 93(2), pages 265-278, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:93:y:2012:i:2:d:10.1007_s11192-012-0666-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-012-0666-0

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