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Power of collaboration

We recently took a closer look at the scale and power of our collaborations, which revealed some fascinating details. For example, more than one in 10 of the total number of papers published by our members between 2018 and 2022 were produced in collaboration with another SES member institution.

Individually, the SES universities produced over 400,000 papers of the 5-year period. Of these papers from all SES universities, 44,468 were SES collaborations (that is a paper with at least two SES universities as co-authors). Credit: Janine Clayton
SES members produced more than 400,000 papers over the 5-year period, of these 44,468 were collaborations with other member institutions

And we have evidence that papers in which researchers from SES institutions have collaborated are getting more citations. Individually, the SES universities produced more than 400,000 papers over the five-year period. These were cited 1.81 times more than the world average.

Meanwhile, the 44,468 papers with at least two SES universities as co-authors were cited almost 2.9 times more than the world average for similar papers.

Papers published 2018-22   Citations   2.87 Relative citation impact* of collaboration between two or more SES partners   1.81 Relative citation impact* of all papers by SES members, with or without collaborations  *That is, the average number of time papers were cited relative to the world average for similar papers in that period Source: Clarivate InCItes Credit: Janine Clayton

These figures show the strength of our research collaborations when individuals within our member institutions work together. Throughout this website, you can find examples of these collaborative research projects.


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Accelerating pathways to climate neutral aviation

A research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge is building an interactive model to explore how aviation could transition to net-zero climate emissions.


Collaboration the Key to Unlocking Cells’ Secrets

Research outcomes can be strengthened hugely by working across disciplines and by combining complementary skills across institutions.


Modelling the ‘Magic’: the Search for Nanocatalysts

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