Researcher collaboration

Researcher collaboration

Last updated 30 April 2019
Last updated 30 April 2019

Collaboration is an essential part of research. The visual shows the prominence of collaboration and research networks within New Zealand and internationally.

The visualisation represents all the individual authors identified in the researcher EPs submitted to the Quality Evaluation 2018. Authors are coded in terms of:

  • primary subject area
  • current institution
  • New Zealand institution
  • organisation type.

The visualisation shows a network linking researchers who have co-authored papers together. Researchers who collaborate more often are represented closer together on the visualisation.

Filtering by primary subject area shows this most clearly. For example, researchers represented on the bottom right side of the visualisation (shown in Magenta) are working in Public Health, whereas researchers in the top left are working in Earth Sciences (shown in Olive). Moving through the visualisation shows how different subject areas intersect with each other.

Things to know about this visual:

  • The data provided in each author’s EP were limited to the requirements of the 2018 Quality Evaluation process. Equivalent versions of journal publications were often available in Dimensions (a linked-research data platform by Digital Science). This provided enhanced metadata for the authors, including country, organisation type, and institution.
  • For each author, their primary subject area was the one they most commonly publish in. Determining the author’s institution was done by considering their most recent institutional affiliation.
  • As the visualisation is based on journal articles, collaboration is defined as more than one author working on a paper.
  • Not all subject areas are evenly represented.
  • The size of each author’s circle represents the number of other researchers they have collaborated with.

How to use this visual:

Filtering the graph by country shows dominant collaboration patterns with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. The visualisation also highlights at least two different types of international collaboration:

  1. International researchers who are active in New Zealand collaboration communities. These researchers are shown in the middle of the visualisation.
  2. New Zealand researchers who are participating in international research communities. These researchers can be seen in the international clusters of researchers on the outer edges of the diagram.

Alternatively, by exploring the graph by primary subject area or by research institution shows that different New Zealand Research institutions focus on different research areas.