, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 419-439

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Collaboration and publication: How collaborative are scientists in South Africa?

  • Radhamany SooryamoorthyAffiliated withSociology Programme, Howard Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal Email author 

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Using bibliographic records from the Science Citation Index, the paper examines the publication of South African scientists. The analysis shows that collaboration research in South Africa has been growing steadily and the scientists are highly oriented towards collaborative rather than individualistic research. International collaboration is preferred to domestic collaboration while publication seems to be a decisive factor in collaboration. The paper also looks at the collaboration dimensions of partnering countries, sectors and disciplines, and examines how collaboration can be predicted by certain publication variables. Characteristic features are evident in both the degree and nature of collaboration which can be predicted by the number of countries involved, number of partners and the fractional count of papers.