Scientometric assessment of selected R&D priority areas in South Africa : a comparison with other BRICS countries

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dc.contributor.author Makhoba, Xolani
dc.contributor.author Pouris, Anastassios
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-05T07:54:24Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.description.abstract A scientometric analysis of selected research priority areas in South Africa was done using the Web of Science database for a period 2002 - 2012. The performance of the country in the areas of biotechnology, energy, astronomy and palaeontology in terms of the publication output in these areas is compared using two classic scientometric indicators, the activity and attractivity indices. These are important priority areas as highlighted in various government policy documents and the aim was to identify if outputs in these field are corresponding with government policy. The study also identifies leading institutions in the country in terms of publication output while the performance is also benchmarked against that of the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) group of countries as well as Egypt. It is found that the country is doing relatively well in research areas in which it enjoys geographical advantage such as astronomy and palaeontology and compares favourably with comparator countries in all areas reviewed. In terms of the institutional profile and based on publication outputs over the period considered, the University of Cape Town is a leader in biotechnology and energy, University of the Witwatersrand in palaeontology and the National Research Foundation in the area of astronomy. en_ZA
dc.description.department Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-06-30
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rajs20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Xolani Makhoba & Anastassios Pouris (2016) Scientometric assessment of selected R&D priority areas in South Africa: A comparison with other BRICS countries, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 8:2, 187-196, DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2016.1147205. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2042-1338 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2042-1346 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/20421338.2016.1147205
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/56212
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis and NISC (Pty) Ltd. en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. This is an electronic version of an article published in African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 187-196, 2016. doi : 10.1080/20421338.2016.1147205. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rajs20. en_ZA
dc.subject Activity index en_ZA
dc.subject Attractivity index en_ZA
dc.subject Research priority areas en_ZA
dc.subject Scientometrics en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) en_ZA
dc.title Scientometric assessment of selected R&D priority areas in South Africa : a comparison with other BRICS countries en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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