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‘Yes’ to international collaboration equals ‘yes’ to productivity

The above findings are the result of two studies - an American and American/European – which were both featured in the ‘Nature’ journal and, based on statistics, clearly indicates that opening the international horizon of scientists enhances their creativity and increases chances of recognition.

13.10.2017

According to two new studies, scientists who say ‘yes’ to international collaboration and who do not allow their activities to be restricted by borders or even change countries when necessary are the most productive and innovative amongst their colleagues.
 
Similarly, ‘open countries’, which develop a wider network of international collaboration find themselves first in scientific and technological indicators.
 
The above findings are the result of two studies - an American and American/European – which were both featured in the ‘Nature’ journal and, based on statistics, clearly indicates that opening the international horizon of scientists enhances their creativity and increases chances of recognition.
 
The first study analysed approximately 14 million scientific publications from 16 million researchers and the second 2.5 million publications from researchers in 36 countries.
 
Different nations have different roles in the circulation of elite scholars (for which our proxy is highly cited researchers). But wherever they are, wherever they stop off and wherever they come from, mobile scholars have about 40% higher citation rates, on average, than non-mobile ones (see Supplementary Information; Table S7). Closing borders takes these elite scholars out circulation.
 
Those countries which have a high degree of ‘openness’ and promote research with  high impact benefit greatly from international collaboration. Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark all scored highly on this measure as well as on the number of international citations.
 
Less ‘open’ countries with a lower degree of international impact included countries such as Russia, Turkey, Poland, China, Latvia, Lithuania the Czech Republic and South Korea.
 
Countries such as the USA, Italy, Spain and Finland are less ‘open’ despite having high impact, while other countries such as Hungary and Mexico have low impact but are high on ‘openness’.

Πηγή: Nature Magazine
Tags: Nature, Survey, Brain Drain, Brain Gain