At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was at least partly driven by an increase in international collaboration. Our own Piirus survey of researchers from 2014 found that 79% of researchers think international research collaboration increases research productivity, and 68% think an international collaboration can help them become more highly cited.
In September 2015 we conducted another survey on collaboration* to find out more about how you are building an international career and profile as a researcher. We’ve gathered some of your insights here.
How do you internationalise your research without going abroad?
One possible route would be to create and use international collaborations. However only 14% of our survey respondents selected this option. There are other ways to internationalise your research: 17% of our survey respondents selected each of the following options:
- Social media
What are the biggest challenges you face in internationalising your research?
We know that collaborations bring challenges, so we asked about those you’ve found. We identified a “top five” of the reasons that you reported in our survey:
- Identifying collaborators and maintaining connections – 15%
- Funding – 13%
- Time – 6%
- Language – 5%
- Travel – 5%
How do you make connections with researchers from other disciplines?
You told us how you make connections with researchers from other disciplines:
- 21% connect through conferences
- 16% use social media, with this broken down as:
- Researchgate – 45%
- LinkedIn – 21%
- Twitter – 13%
- 10% use email
- 7% use the internet
We look forward to sharing more of the survey results on this blog next week: watch this space for more information about the challenges of interdisciplinary research and visibility online as an academic. Are you already a member of Piirus? Join our network for free today and get a headstart in making international collaborations!
- The survey had 211 respondents