The influence of collaboration in research priorities: The SADC Case

Type: 
Research Letter
Number of pages: 
3
Published: 
29 November 2017

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Abstract: 

This study was aimed at providing evidence of the effects of collaboration among unequal partners on their research priorities. Co-authorship patterns were investigated among South African authors publishing with authors of other countries in the region, with and without other non-African co-authors. It was identified that the non-African collaborators have a high impact on the quantity of co-authored publications and on the research disciplines in which co-authored research is undertaken. The findings raise a number of policy questions.

Significance: 
  • The findings make profound that African countries should prioritise and engage their limited resources in areas of national priorities. 

Keywords: 

impact; scientifically small countries; South Africa; research collaboration; co-authorship
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