Title: An analysis of national research systems (III): towards a composite indicator measuring research interactions
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC87022
ISBN: 978-92-79-35001-6
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26405
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC87022
DOI: 10.2788/50714
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Interactions in research are multifaceted and need not go in the same direction. For example, higher overall mobility of researchers in science & technology need not go hand in hand with more collaboration as measured by co-publication and co-patent data. Concerning public-private research interactions, we see that mobility and collaboration do go hand in hand. In other words, the extent to which different kind of interactions (mobility versus collaboration) follow the same trend seems to depend on the dimension along which such interactions take place. Here, different kinds of cross-institutional interactions follow the same pattern. Although different kinds of international research interactions present a similar picture, we need to take into account that smaller (larger) national research systems are generally more (less) internationally oriented. Overall, we conclude that for constructing a composite indicator on interactions in research and innovation it is important (i) to take the nature and direction of interactions in research and innovation duly into account and (ii) to acquire more data that is well-specified to measure research interactions. The research was conducted on behalf of DG RTD within the framework of the “Composites_4_IU”project.
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