Winners and losers in US-China scientific research collaborations

Jenny J. Lee, John P. Haupt

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This study examined the patterns and nature of science co-publications between the USA and China. Based on a scientometric study of Scopus co-publications over the past 5 years, the results demonstrated a continuous rise of bilateral collaboration between the two countries. Challenging the US political rhetoric and attempts to curb international research engagement with China, the findings demonstrated ways that China plays a leading role in US-China research collaboration, based on first authorship and governmental funding patterns. Findings also showed that over the past 5 years, US research article publications would have declined without co-authorship with China, whereas China’s publication rate would have risen without the USA. Using zero-sum and positive-sum frameworks, this study shows the benefits of US collaboration with China for both the US nation-state and global science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalHigher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • China
  • Global science
  • International collaboration
  • Research collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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