Project time line: 2015 – 2017

This study highlights the bibliometric patterns, trends and international visibility of South Africa’s research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The strong bibliometric focus is supplemented by a web survey that focuses on the contextualised nature of research collaboration in Antarctic science, where the collection and sharing of ‘big data’ plays a prominent role.

Three questions guided the study:

  1. What are the bibliometric patterns and trends of South Africa’s research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean?
  2. How internationally visible is South Africa’s research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and how does the country’s international visibility compare with that of other countries?
  3. What factors and transactions characterise the process of collaboration research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean?

Highlights to date

  • Global database of approximately 40 000 articles on research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (from Web of Science), covering the period 1980 – 2015;
  • Draft survey instrument on research collaboration;
  • Background document to contextualise South Africa’s involvement in Antarctica (prepared by the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa).

Research team