, Volume 91, Issue 3, pp 737–749 | Cite as

The role of Chinese–American scientists in China–US scientific collaboration: a study in nanotechnology

  • Xianwen Wang
  • Shenmeng Xu
  • Di Liu
  • Yongxia Liang


In this paper, we use bibliometric methods and social network analysis to analyze the pattern of China–US scientific collaboration on individual level in nanotechnology. Results show that Chinese–American scientists have been playing an important role in China–US scientific collaboration. We find that China–US collaboration in nanotechnology mainly occurs between Chinese and Chinese–American scientists. In the co-authorship network, Chinese–American scientists tend to have higher betweenness centrality. Moreover, the series of polices implemented by the Chinese government to recruit oversea experts seems to contribute a lot to China–US scientific collaboration.


Scientific collaboration Chinese–American Nanotechnology Collaboration network 



The research is supported by the project of “Social Science Foundation of China” (Grant No. 10CZX011), the project of “Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China” (Grant No. 2009041110001), as well as the project of “Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities” (Grant No. DUT10RC(3)021).

Besides, we really appreciate the great help from two anonymous reviewers, especially one of whom offered many specific suggestions for linguistic improvements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xianwen Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shenmeng Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Di Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yongxia Liang
    • 3
  1. 1.WISE LabDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.School of Public Administration and LawDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  3. 3.National Science Library, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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