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Identify Potential Collaborators By Research Analysis Tools: Home

This guide provides faculty and researchers with information on how to identify collaborators by analyzing authorship, readership and citation links in SciVal, Google Scholar, ResearchGate or Mendeley.

Various Tools to Identify Potential Collaborators

Research collaboration (RC) can be demonstrated in various ways, such as co-authorship, research networking, joint research and research partnership. Research collaboration has proved valuable in many ways, and there are a variety of ways to identify a potential collaborator.


Research analysis tools such as SciVal can identify and analyze existing and potential collaboration opportunities based on publication output and citation impact. It enables researchers to identify top performance researchers and explore models of collaboration that have already been developed or are on the rise, either at the institutional, national, or international level.

Research Networking Tools

While face-to-face physical interaction, for example, during a conference, workshop or seminar has proved highly effective and successful in identifying collaborators, it is also effective to use research networking tools such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, or Mendeley. These tools provide a forum for both demonstrating and locating expertise. 

Citation and Literature Databases

A researcher may also explore journals that contain studies matching his or her interests, and consider contacting the appropriate authors. Literature databases such as Scopus and Web of Science can be used to identify prolific authors on a subject and to search for subject experts by their location or institutional affiliation. 

Access to the Tools


This LibGuide was originally created by Xiuying Zou, former East Asian Studies Librarian, on November 1st, 2015.