Young scientists should be encouraged to stop collaborating with their doctoral advisors. The sooner – the better.

Still following a previous post about a paper published in Nature whose authors found that junior researchers who coauthor work with top scientists enjoy a persistent competitive advantage throughout the rest of their careers, see a recent paper by two researchers of Bar-Illan University in Israel:

“We harnessed three genealogical and scientometric datasets to identify 3 distinct groups of computer scientists: Highly independent, who cease collaborating with their advisors (almost) instantly upon graduation; Moderately independent, who (quickly) reduce the collaboration rate over ~5 years; and Weakly independent who continue collaborating with their advisors for at least 10 years post-graduation. We find that highly independent researchers are more academically successful than their peers In addition, both highly and moderately independent researchers are found to have longer academic careers