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Marek Kwiek’s article in “Scientometrics” – No. 4 among “Top 10 articles 2020” (by full-text downloads): “Internationalists and locals: international research collaboration in a resource-poor system”

Marek Kwiek’s article was among the top 10 (actually, No. 4) most downloaded articles in Scientometrics published in 2020.

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Kwiek, M. “Internationalists and locals: international research collaboration in a resource-poor system“. Scientometrics 124, 57–105 (2020).

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The principal distinction drawn in this study is between research “internationalists” and “locals.” The former are scientists involved in international research collaboration while the latter group are not. These two distinct types of scientist compete for academic prestige, research funding, and international recognition. International research collaboration proves to be a powerful stratifying force. As a clearly defined subgroup, internationalists are a different academic species, accounting for 51.4% of Polish scientists; predominantly male and older, they have longer academic experience and higher academic degrees and occupy higher academic positions. Across all academic clusters, internationalists consistently produce more than 90% of internationally co-authored publications, representing 2320% of locals’ productivity for peer-reviewed articles and 1600% for peer-reviewed article equivalents. Internationalists tend to spend less time than locals on teaching-related activities, more time on research, and more time on administrative duties. Based on a large-scale academic survey (N = 3704), some new predictors of international research collaboration were identified by multivariate analyses. The findings have global policy implications for resource-poor science systems “playing catch-up” in terms of academic careers, productivity patterns, and research internationalization policies.