Nuclear proliferation research ‘low on cross-border working’

With every day seemingly bringing an escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula, the academic field of international relations and study of nuclear weapons proliferation is as important as ever.


But a new analysis of bibliometric data suggests that research output on this particular issue has been falling across the world in recent years and has a very low rate of academic cross-border collaboration.


According to the figures, produced for Times Higher Education by publisher Elsevier from its Scopus database, worldwide publications featuring nuclear proliferation as a key topic fell from 322 in 2012 to 52 in 2016 while the international collaboration rate for such research last year was just 3.9 per cent.


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