The personal factors in scientific collaboration: views held by Slovenian researchers

Franc Mali, Toni Pustovrh, Marjan Cugmas, Anuška Ferligoj


Scientific collaboration (SC) has become a widespread feature of modern research work. While many social network studies address various aspects of SC, little attention has so far been given to the specific factors that motivate researchers to engage in SC at the individual level. In our article, we focus on the types and practices of SC that researchers in Slovenia engage in. We consider this topic by adopting a quantitative and qualitative methodological approach. The former was conducted through a web survey among active researchers, and the latter through in-depth interviews with a selected group of top researchers, i.e. intellectual leaders. Results show the extent of individual SC depends on the perceptions of researchers of the benefits of SC. Qualitative interviews additionally provide broader reflections on certain policy mechanisms that could better motivate Slovenian scientists to scientifically collaborate in the international arena.


scientific collaboration, research cooperation, personal factors, scientific disciplines

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X