, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 41–58 | Cite as

The different flavors of research collaboration: a case study of their influence on university excellence in four world regions

  • Maria Benavent-Pérez
  • Juan GorraizEmail author
  • Christian Gumpenberger
  • Félix de Moya-Anegón


This study on research collaboration (RC) is an attempt to estimate the degree of internationalization of academic institutions and regions. Furthermore potential influences of RC on excellence initiatives of modern universities are investigated relying on source data obtained from SCImago Institutions Rankings. A positive correlation exists between the degree of collaboration and the normalized impact. However, in contrast to output the normalized impact increase progression is non-linear and fluctuating. Differences occur regarding output volume and normalized impact at geographical region level for the leading universities. Different patterns of the Brute force distribution for each collaboration type were also observed at region level as well as at subject area level. A continuously reduced percentage of the domestic (non-collaboration) academic output is a world trend, whereas a steady increase of “international + national” collaboration is observed globally, however, less distinctive in Asia than in the other regions. The impact of Latin American papers originating from domestic production as well as from national collaboration remains considerably below world average values.


Research collaboration Citation impact Excellence universities Geographical regions Subject areas 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Benavent-Pérez
    • 1
  • Juan Gorraiz
    • 2
    Email author
  • Christian Gumpenberger
    • 2
  • Félix de Moya-Anegón
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Public Goods and Policies, SCImago Research GroupCSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Bibliometrics Department, Vienna University LibraryUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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