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Publications 2017, 5(4), 24; doi:10.3390/publications5040024

Nemo Solus Satis Sapit: Trends of Research Collaborations in the Vietnamese Social Sciences, Observing 2008–2017 Scopus Data

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The Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research (ISR), Western University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Centre Emile Bernheim, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Institute of Philosophy, 59 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Campus Européen de Dijon, Sciences Po Paris, 21000 Dijon, France
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Vietnam Panorama Media Monitoring, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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College of Business and Economics, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725, USA
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Academic Editor: Jenny Fry
Received: 18 July 2017 / Accepted: 1 October 2017 / Published: 5 October 2017
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Abstract

Nemo solus satis sapit”—no one can be wise enough on his own. This is particularly true when it comes to collaborations in scientific research. Concerns over this issue in Vietnam, a developing country with limited academic resources, led to an in-depth study on Vietnamese social science research, using Google Scholar and Scopus, during 2008–2017. The results showed that more than 90% of scientists had worked with colleagues to publish, and they had collaborated 13 times on average during the time limit of the data sample. These collaborations, both domestic and international, mildly boosted author performance. On the other hand, the modest number of publications by Vietnamese authors was reportedly linked to Vietnamese social scientists’ heavy reliance on collaborative work as non-leading co-authors: for an entire decade (2008–2017), the average author assumes the leading role merely in two articles, and hardly ever published alone. This implies that policy-makers ought to consider promoting institutional collaborations while also encouraging authors to acquire the experience of publishing solo. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientific collaborations; higher education; research institutions; research policy; productivity; Vietnam scientific collaborations; higher education; research institutions; research policy; productivity; Vietnam
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Vuong, Q.-H.; Ho, T.M.; Vuong, T.-T.; Nguyen, H.V.; Napier, N.K.; Pham, H.-H. Nemo Solus Satis Sapit: Trends of Research Collaborations in the Vietnamese Social Sciences, Observing 2008–2017 Scopus Data. Publications 2017, 5, 24.

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