Science-Metrix turns heads with a map of international scientific collaborations

Published on April 4 2011

Science-Metrix recently published a map illustrating scientific collaborations between researchers from across the globe. This map was noted on various sites and publications interested in science and data visualization (see list below) – notably in an article to be published in the May/June edition of Wired magazine.  The map is also one of 10 to be selected for the 7th exhibition by Places & Spaces: Mapping Science (sponsored by Indiana University) and is a finalist for the MiniMax organized by the Eidolon research network (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Laval University, University of Bergamo).

More impressionist than a true research tool, this map nonetheless helps visualize the cultural, linguistic and political relationships that underlie the global science system. For example, collaborations between Brazil and Portugal are clearly seen, as are links between Africa and Europe. In addition, major innovation and research hubs are easy to spot, particularly in certain regions of the US, as well as the dense collaboration network within the European Research Area.

Built using the Scopus database (Elsevier), this map illustrates scientific collaboration in the form of peer-reviewed articles published by two or more researchers. Each link represents a group of collaborations between two cities. The intensity of the link is a function of the distance between the two cities, as well as the number of scientific collaborations between the same two cities.

Cited by:
[HTML] Nature
[HTML] Flowing Data
[HTML] and [HTML] Wired
[HTML] New Scientist
[HTML] The Atlantic
And many others.