An analysis of collaborative journal article authorship at New Zealand universities

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This paper summarises the findings from previous studies of research collaboration in New Zealand and presents a new analysis of collaboration in New Zealand universities.

Author(s): Warren Smart and Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education and Shaun Hendy, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Date Published: August 2013

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Concerns have been raised that the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation has had a negative impact on research collaboration between researchers in New Zealand universities.

This report examines a number of analyses of research collaboration as well as presenting a new analysis of inter-institutional collaboration during the period the PBRF has been in operation.

The analysis shows that:

  • the rate of inter-institutional collaboration in indexed journal publications by New Zealand university authors has increased since the PBRF was introduced
  • the rate of increase has broadly matched that of other sectors in New Zealand (such as Crown Research Institutes), or rates of increase in universities in other countries
  • although we cannot tell what would have happened to inter-institutional collaboration if the PBRF had not been introduced, the PBRF does not appear to have hindered growth in inter-institutional collaboration
  • a feature of inter-institutional collaboration in New Zealand universities is a low rate of overall collaboration, but high relative rates of international collaboration.

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