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Elite Universities Won't Advance Your Research Career

Working at an elite academic institution like Harvard University or the University of Oxford is many a scientist’s dream. But how beneficial is the climb up the ladder? A study that evaluated the careers of more than 2500 physicists as they relocated from low- to high-ranking universities found that a researcher’s scientific impact does not increase with the move, The Economist reports. The study, published in Scientific Reports, measured impact by counting the number of citations that each paper a scientist published received over 5 years. While moving up the ladder led to no gains, moving to a lower ranking institution had a small negative effect on the physicist’s impact.

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