8000 scientific papers annually confirm US-Swedish research cooperation

Co-publication of scientific articles is a way to quantify research co-operation between countries or academic institutions. A recent study by STINT shows that Swedish and U.S. researchers co-authored 8,000 scientific articles in 2019. Researchers...

Co-publication of scientific articles is a way to quantify research co-operation between countries or academic institutions. A recent study by STINT shows that Swedish and U.S. researchers co-authored 8,000 scientific articles in 2019. Researchers at Harvard University and Karolinska Institute are the most diligent co-authors and produced no less than 1,576 joint publications during the period 2015-2019.

The United States is one of the world’s strongest science nations with the largest share of the top 100 universities in the world and the largest average annual production of research publications. Due to its huge internal research community, the U.S. is below average when it comes to internationally co-authored scientific articles. Perhaps because there is simply less need for international co-operation when there are so many world-class institutions domestically. However, despite that, the trend for U.S.-Swedish scientific co-operation is strongly positive.

Cooperation is key in many scientific discoveries. Photo: Ulf Lundin

During the last decade, the number of co-publications between Swedish and U.S. researchers has doubled, from 4,000 in 2009 to 8,000 in 2019, according to a new report by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

Harvard and Karolinska are the most diligent co-authors

The U.S. research institutions that are most frequently co-authoring articles with Swedish institutions are Harvard University, Stanford University, and National Institutes of Health (NIH), while Karolinska Institute, Lund University, and Uppsala University top the Swedish ranking. Researchers at Harvard University and Karolinska Institute are – by far – the most diligent transatlantic co-authors and produced no less than 1,576 joint publications during the period 2015-2019.

Logotypes of Harvard University and Karolinska Institute. The two research institutions co-authored 1,576 scientific articles during 2015-2019.

The choice of partner naturally depends on scientific area. While the Harvard-Karolinska link is extremely strong within medicine, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has a strong link to University of California at Berkeley.

Cooperation results in high quality research

The STINT report also shows that the U.S.-Sweden research cooperation is a true win-win situation for both the Swedish and the American researchers, as co-publications have a significantly higher citation index (FWCI) than the mean value for each country. That’s great news for the U.S.-Sweden research cooperation and emphasizes the importance of continuing to build strong, long-term strategic research bonds between our countries

Maria Brogren, Office of Science and Innovation, Washington

Further reading: STINT Country Report USA 2021