Patterns of research collaboration in academic science in South Africa

Mouton J. (2000)


It is widely accepted that scientific research, especially academic research in South Africa, exhibits low levels of inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-sectoral collaboration. Using data from the National Research and Technology Audit, this assumption was tested. Results concerning a number of indicators reveal that the accepted wisdom is, unfortunately, true. Collaboration is highest within academic institutions and related disciplines, but inter-institutional and inter-sectoral research collaboration is generally very low. Variations among science cultures and the main scientific fields, however, should be interpreted cautiously as large inter-field and inter-disciplinary differences are evident.

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