Australia Substantially Increases Research Collaboration with China,
According to Thomson Reuters Study


    
    New Zealand researchers double collaboration with Spain and Norway




    
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<p><span class="xn-location">PHILADELPHIA</span> and <span class="xn-location">LONDON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">March 9</span> /CNW/ -- A study from Thomson Reuters released today shows broadening international collaboration in the research of <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and, to a lesser degree, <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, over the past 10 years. The <span class="xn-location">United States</span> continues to be the biggest contributor to Australian and <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span> publications, but of special interest is a sizable increase of Australia's collaboration with <span class="xn-location">China</span>.</p>
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<p>The study, Global Research Report: <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, found that collaboration within the Asia Pacific region is notably changing. Though collaboration with <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> among some Asia Pacific nations (such as <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, <span class="xn-location">India</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Singapore</span>) increased, and collaboration with <span class="xn-location">China</span> doubled (rising from 2.3 percent to 4.4 percent of all Australian outputs), collaboration with <span class="xn-location">Japan</span> remained unchanged. Likewise, Japan's rank as a contributor of co-authored papers with <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span> fell from sixth to eighth.</p>
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<p>"Researchers in <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span> have been increasing their share of publications co-authored with international colleagues," said <span class="xn-person">Jonathan Adams</span>, director of research evaluation at Thomson Reuters. "We've seen a shift in geographic focus of these collaborations. While such countries as <span class="xn-location">Russia</span> and <span class="xn-location">South Africa</span> decrease in importance, there are increases in collaboration with <span class="xn-location">Spain</span> and <span class="xn-location">Switzerland</span>, and more importantly, with <span class="xn-location">China</span> and <span class="xn-location">India</span>."</p>
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    Other key findings include:
    --  Australia's share of world research publication output has grown
        steadily from 2.85 percent in 1999 to 3.18 percent in 2008.
    --  In the same period, the volume of Australian publications has risen
        annually by an average of   5 percent -- a growth rate higher than
that
        of world publication averages.
    --  Computer science, materials science, environment/ecology, and clinical
        medicine are subject areas where Australia has increased its outputs,
        consistent with its national research priorities.
    --  Subject areas that have grown in the volume of outputs in New Zealand
        are computer sciences, biology and biochemistry, immunology, and
        neurosciences and behavior, consistent with the country's government
        research, science and technology agenda.

    
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<p>The study is part of the Global Research Report series from Thomson Reuters that illustrates the changing landscape and dynamics of scientific research around the world and draws on data found in Web of Science(SM), available on the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge(SM),  platform -- the world's largest citation environment of the highest quality scholarly literature.</p>
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<p>For more information, please visit <a href="http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/grr/">http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/grr/</a>.</p>
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