China’s increasing leadership in scientific collaboration

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China’s increasing leadership in scientific collaboration

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: China’s increasing leadership in scientific collaboration
Author: Quan W.Mongeon P.Larivière V.
Journal Title: STI 2018 Conference Proceedings
Start Page: 1416
End Page: 1423
Publisher: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Issue Date: 2018-09-11
Keywords: Scientometrics
Abstract: This paper studies the evolution of China’s international collaboration from 1980 to 2016, in terms of collaborating countries, topics, and citations. We also distinguish between papers that are led by a Chinese author (i.e., the first or corresponding author has a Chinese affiliation) and the papers to China contributed (i.e., the first and corresponding authors are not affiliated to a Chinese institution). We find an important increase of international collaboration by Chinese scholars over the period. Chinese authors are also increasingly playing a leadership role in those international collaborations, but this varies by discipline and by country of collaboration. We observe that the papers led by Chinese authors have on average a lower citation impact than the papers to which they participated as non-leaders.

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