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If the popular myth of the solitary scientist – the image of a researcher doggedly laboring away in isolation – still endures in any minds, the modern reality is decidedly different. Research is now a collaborative enterprise, and growing more so all the time. On scientific papers, the contributing authors may number in the dozens, hundreds, or even thousands. Research teams span nations and continents, not to mention a range of disciplines.

A new whitepaper from the IP & Science business examines various aspects of collaboration, including ways in which technology continues to accelerate the trend. Drawing on Web of Science™, InCites™, and other resources, the report tracks patterns of international collaboration over the last decade. Methods of identifying and evaluating potential collaborators – particularly via informed searching of the scientific literature – are also discussed, as are tools for managing and sharing resources among far-flung team members.

The last decade has seen a shift in the countries that collaborate most frequently with international partners. Although institutions in European countries such as Switzerland previously displayed the highest rates of international collaboration, a new batch of countries has now assumed the distinction. This is particularly true of nations with emerging or sharply growing economies. For these countries, collaboration serves as a viable strategy for increasing international visibility and prestige in research.

The report specifies the countries that have been the most internationally collaborative since 2006, along with those whose rates of collaboration with other nations has been comparatively low.

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