The geography of Chinese science

David Emanual Andersson, Saileshsingh Gunessee, Christian Wichmann Matthiessen, Søren Find

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    Chinese scientific output has increased dramatically in recent years, but its internal spatial structure has received scant attention. Estimated gravity models of intercity scientific coauthorships show that there are two types of spatial political bias in China, apart from the expected mass and distance effects. Intercity coauthorships involving Beijing are more common than Beijing's output volume and location would imply, and this Beijing bias is increasing over time. The second type of spatial political bias is greater intraprovincial collaboration than is accounted for by size and distance. The geography of Chinese science is thus not only monocentric as regards overall scientific output, but also exhibits unusually hierarchical collaboration patterns. Unlike in Europe and North America, national and regional capitals are becoming ever more important as scientific coordination centers.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Issue number0308-518X
    Pages (from-to)2950-2971
    Number of pages22
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2014


    • Scientific collaboration
    • Network
    • China
    • Spatial political bias

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