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South African Journal of Science

On-line version ISSN 1996-7489
Print version ISSN 0038-2353

Abstract

POURIS, Anastassios. The influence of collaboration in research priorities: The SADC Case. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2017, vol.113, n.11-12, pp.1-3. ISSN 1996-7489.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2017/20170150.

This study was aimed at providing evidence of the effects of collaboration among unequal partners on their research priorities. Co-authorship patterns were investigated among South African authors publishing with authors of other countries in the region, with and without other non-African co-authors. It was identified that the non-African collaborators have a high impact on the quantity of co-authored publications and on the research disciplines in which co-authored research is undertaken. The findings raise a number of policy questions. SIGNIFICANCE: • The findings make profound that African countries should prioritise and engage their limited resources in areas of national priorities.

Keywords : impact; scientifically small countries; South Africa; research collaboration; co-authorship.

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