THE ConsultancyInternational research collaborations: motivators, enablers and barriers

International research collaborations: motivators, enablers and barriers

A survey from the Times Higher Education Consultancy team explores the factors influencing academics’ collaboration choices, the barriers to international cooperation and ways of assessing research reputation

In recognition that international collaboration, and internationalisation in general, are key tenets of many universities’ core missions, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings includes a metric that directly measures the proportion of a university’s publications with international co-authorship. As well as having a direct impact on a university’s rank, international collaboration can also impact performance in other metrics, such as the highly weighted citations and research reputation metrics. 

While the importance and desirability of international collaboration are well established, the underlying factors used by academics to identify collaborators is not widely researched. 

This report details findings from the Times Higher Education Consultancy team, which undertook an online survey of 9,606 research-active academics from around the world. The report includes findings related to academics’ opinions and perspectives of the enablers of international research collaborations, assessing research reputation, barriers to international research collaboration, and the effectiveness of research collaborations.

The full report is available to download now. If you would like to receive a digital copy, click here to download the report.

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