Do African researchers collaborate too much?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education. An analysis by University of Pretoria’s Anastassios Pouris and Yuh-Shan Ho of Asia University found that “African countries generally exhibit substantially higher collaboration patterns than other countries in the world” and:

Scientific papers produced by African academics in collaboration with international partners grew dramatically – by 66% – over a recent five-year period…. Single author articles, by contrast, appear to be “on the verge of extinction” on the continent…. Africa’s science and development might be better served by the creation of regional research and innovation systems.

Research emphasis and collaboration in Africa” was published online by Scientometrics (DOI 10.1007/s11192-013-1156-8) in October, 2013.

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