International Collaboration During the COVID-19 Crisis: Autumn 2020 Developments

17 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2020 Last revised: 15 Nov 2020

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Xiaojing Cai

Zhejiang University

Caroline V. Fry

University of Hawaii at Manoa - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII - Shidler College of Business; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Caroline Wagner

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: November 12, 2020

Abstract

After the initial shock of the early months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, international collaboration in COVID-19 research continues to show aberrant patterns compared to coronavirus research in pre-COVID times. The most affected nations tend to produce the greatest number of coronavirus articles, with output closely coupled to the rate of infection. COVID-19 research has fewer nations and smaller teams than pre-COVID research, a trend which intensifies during the pandemic. The United States remains the single largest contributor to the global publication output, but contrary to China’s dominance in the initial months of the pandemic, China’s contribution falls as the national COVID-19 caseload drops. China-USA collaborations drop as the pandemic continues, perhaps due to China’s reduced rate of publication on the topic, and perhaps due to political obstacles, or a combination of these factors.

Suggested Citation

Cai, Xiaojing and Fry, Caroline V. and Wagner, Caroline, International Collaboration During the COVID-19 Crisis: Autumn 2020 Developments (November 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3729672 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3729672

Xiaojing Cai

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Caroline V. Fry

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