The relationships between distance factors and international collaborative research outcomes : A bibliometric examination

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-630
Journal / PublicationJournal of Informetrics
Issue number3
Online published15 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


Increasingly, scholars have been conducting team-based research with multinational collaborators to carry out internationally relevant studies, generate global impact, and promote academic exchanges. In this paper, we examine how four types of distance, i.e., geographic, political, cultural, and economic, relate to the output of international research collaborations. We analyze a bibliometric data set derived from four leading marketing journals spanning the 2001-2016 time frame. Among other insights, our results show that in the context of international collaborative research efforts, co-authors from countries with wider economic distances and narrower political distances have published fewer articles and received fewer citations compared to those from countries with narrower economic distances and wider political distances.

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  • Bibliometric study, Distance, International collaboration, Marketing field, Research outcomes

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