The One Belt, One Road Initiative's Potential Impact on Global Research Collaboration

The One Belt, One Road initiative kick-started by China focuses on improving the connectivity and co-operation of the countries involved.

Two routes will be created between Asia and Europe, connecting over 63% of the world’s population and passing through 65 countries.

The unique strategy is designed to stimulate corporate partnerships within the Belt & Road countries, resulting in increased international research collaboration.

Using 2011-2016 data from Scopus and analyzed in SciVal, we examined the cross-collaborative research efforts being made between the 65 countries in the One Belt, One Road initiative, focusing particularly on the research being developed with China.

China's One Belt, One Road International Research Collaborators

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Poland

Most prolific European Belt & Road collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 4,497
  • FWCI: 3.47
  • Scopus Views: 252,518
  • 3rd largest global Belt & Road collaborator in Physics and Astronomy: 2,589

Russian Federation

2nd largest Belt & Road collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 7,096
  • FWCI: 3.00
  • Scopus Views: 312,243
  • Largest Belt & Road collaborator in Physics and Astronomy: 3,975

3rd largest Belt & Road collaborator in:

  • Engineering: 1,076
  • Materials Science: 876

Thailand

7th largest Belt & Road collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 3,279
  • FWCI: 2.38
  • Scopus Views: 128,435
  • 3rd largest global Belt & Road collaborator in in Medicine: 1,315

Saudi Arabia

Middle East’s most prolific collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 5,653
  • FWCI: 3.59
  • Scopus Views: 201,562
  • 5th largest Belt & Road collaborator in Medicine: 662

2nd largest Belt & Road collaborator in:

  • Engineering: 1,236
  • Materials Science: 1,009
  • Computer Science: 1,045

India

4th largest Belt & Road collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 6,650
  • FWCI: 3.50
  • Scopus Views: 283,656
  • 2nd largest Belt & Road collaborator in Medicine: 1,342
  • 3rd largest Belt & Road collaborator in Computer Science: 560
  • 4th largest Belt & Road collaborator in Physics and Astronomy 2,154

5th largest Belt & Road collaborator in:

  • Engineering: 868
  • Materials Science: 584

Singapore

The world’s most prolific Belt & Road collaborator

  • Co-authored Publications: 20,016
  • FWCI: 2.41
  • Scopus Views: 445,839
  • 2nd largest Belt & Road collaborator in Physics and Astronomy: 3,831

Largest Belt & Road collaborator in:

  • Engineering: 6,796
  • Medicine: 2,503
  • Materials Science: 3,971
  • Computer Science: 5,442

One Belt, One Road Publications by Country

China is the most prolific producer of scholarly output, compared to the other countries located on the Belt & Road. In 2016, China produced 479,737 publications.

That is 246% more than India, the country with the 2nd highest research output of the Belt & Road countries.

China's Most Prolific Research Areas (2011-2016)

Over one-fifth of China's scholarly output relates to Engineering (973,097 publications), followed by Medicine (440,948 publications) and Materials Science (424,882 publications).

The One Belt, One Road initiative should result in an increase in the co-authored publications being produced with other countries on the Belt & Road.

Co-authored Publications (2011-2016)

Concerning China's top 5 research areas, Singapore is the most prolific collaborator. For example in the field of Engineering they have co-authored 6,796 publications compared to 1,236 co-authored publications with Saudi Arabia.


All data taken from SciVal – 5 April 2017 (Scopus data up to 3 March 2017).

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