The broad headline from the new paper is that the academic world is shifting to embrace research that is more internationally collaborative. Even more interesting is that the new growth in science and technology research has come mainly from Brazil, India and China.
However, a closer look at the Royal Society study shows that if you look at the percentage of all science research in Brazil and plot a new graph showing how much of that involved international collaboration, then the percentage is dropping.
So in absolute terms, Brazil is creating significantly more science and technology research – and this involves greater international collaboration, but the percentage of international collaboration is less than it used to be.
Perhaps this is a cause for concern, but the growth in absolute numbers is significant and worthy of particular attention from the Royal Society, which claims that the increased research from China, India, and Brazil now ‘underpins’ the entire scientific world.
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