Using bibliographic records from the Science Citation Index, the paper examines the publication of South African scientists.
The analysis shows that collaboration research in South Africa has been growing steadily and the scientists are highly oriented
towards collaborative rather than individualistic research. International collaboration is preferred to domestic collaboration
while publication seems to be a decisive factor in collaboration. The paper also looks at the collaboration dimensions of
partnering countries, sectors and disciplines, and examines how collaboration can be predicted by certain publication variables.
Characteristic features are evident in both the degree and nature of collaboration which can be predicted by the number of
countries involved, number of partners and the fractional count of papers.
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