Corporate engagement with nanotechnology through research publications

Title: Corporate engagement with nanotechnology through research publications
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: March 2021
Published In: Journal of Nanoparticle Research
Publisher Springer

Assessing corporate engagement with an emerging technology is essential for understanding the development of research and innovation systems. Corporate publishing is used as a system-level knowledge transfer indicator, but prior literature suggests that publishing can run counter to private sector needs for management of dissemination to ensure appropriability of research benefits. We examine the extent of corporate authorship and collaboration in nanotechnology publications from 2000 to 2019. The analysis identified 53,200 corporate  nanotechnology publications. Despite the potential for limits on collaboration with corporate authors, this paper finds that eight out of 10 nanotechnology corporate publications involved authors from multiple organizations and nearly one-third from multiple countries and that these percentages were higher in recent years. The USA is the leading nation in corporate nanotechnology publishing, followed by Japan and Germany, with China ranking fourth, albeit with the greatest publication growth rate. US corporate publishing is more highly cited and less cross-nationally collaborative. Asian countries also have fewer collaborative authorship ties outside of their home countries. European countries had more corporate collaborations with authors affiliated with organizations outside of their home countries. The paper concludes that distinguishing corporate publications,
while difficult due to challenges in identifying small and medium-sized corporations and grouping variations in corporate names, can be beneficial to examining national systems of research and development.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Nils Newman

Youtie, J., Ward, R., Shapira, P., Porter A, and Newman N. Corporate engagement with nanotechnology through research publications. J Nanopart Res 23, 85 (2021).

  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
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Related Departments:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center