Title: Evolution of regional scientific collaboration networks: China-Europe emerging collaborations on nano-science

Authors: Yantai Chen; Dimitris Assimakopoulos; Hongming Xie; Renyong Chi

Addresses: Zhejiang University of Technology, CISME, Bo-Yi Building, No. 288 Liuhe Road, Xihu District, 310023, Hangzhou, China; Tsinghua University, CISTP, Shunde Building, No. 1 Tsinghua Yuan, Haidian District, 100086, Beijing, China ' Grenoble Ecole de Management, LINC Lab, 12 rue Pierre Semard, BP 127, Grenoble 38003, France ' China Institute for SMEs; School of Economics and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Room A505, Building Bo-Yi, No. 288, Liuhe Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310023, China ' China Institute for SMEs; School of Economics and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Room A505, Building Bo-Yi, No. 288, Liuhe Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310023, China

Abstract: This study analyses the dynamics of regional scientific collaboration networks between Chinese and European regions on the emerging nano-science field. Using data on the co-author publications between Chinese and European nano-scientists for the period 1990-2011, the results enable us to identify the evolutionary and active collaboration networks between China and Europe. The driving forces for engaging cross-border regional collaboration networks are identified between a new global science polar and a traditional scientific superpower. This analysis suggests that the rapid and uneven growth of scientific collaboration networks between China and European Union membership nation's evolutes, which resulting from multiple factors. Implications for promoting global-regional collaborations among scientists' communities are discussed.

Keywords: research collaboration; regional networks; nanoscience; evolution trajectory; emerging economies; China; European Union; regional collaboration; scientific collaboration; cross-border collaboration; collaborative networks; scientific communities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2013.056898

International Journal of Technology Management, 2013 Vol.63 No.3/4, pp.185 - 211

Available online: 25 Sep 2013 *

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