Identification of Priorities for S&T Cooperation of BRICS Countries
International Organisations Research Journal, Vol. 12, No 4 (2017)
36 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2018
Date Written: December 27, 2017
This article presents a methodology for the selection of priorities for science and technology (S&T) cooperation among the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa based on an analysis of international and national strategic documents of BRICS countries and a bibliometric analysis of joint publications by researchers from BRICS countries indexed in the Scopus database. The national S&T priorities for countries are systemized and a comparative assessment of capacities for S&T development in BRICS countries is developed.
Indicators of publication activity of all BRICS countries have significantly increased since 2000. Analysis shows that Russia must pay particular attention to the development of cooperation with China, which is already one of the leaders on the global S&T stage. Cooperation with India, Brazil and, in some research areas, with South Africa could also have a positive impact on the performance of research and development in Russia.
A list of 14 thematic priorities for S&T cooperation for BRICS countries is presented in the paper based on the analysis of a set of national, bilateral and multilateral strategic and forward-looking documents. Priorities of S&T development create a basis for more efficient and mutually beneficial cooperation between BRICS countries and allows individual scientists to broaden the range of research, use new tools for S&T cooperation and share best practices.
Keywords: science and technology cooperation, international partnership, priorities for STI cooperation, bibliometric analysis, BRICS, science policy, scientific collaboration, research collaboration
JEL Classification: C00, A00, Z00, F01, F59, O19
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