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The new map of science

Today more nations – from China and India to Singapore, Brazil and South Korea – are taking their place at the high table of research alongside the traditional science superpowers. At the same time national boundaries are being transcended through collaboration networks and 'brain circulation'. In this special issue Nature examines how the movement of people and ideas will change how science is done, how it is funded and the questions that it addresses.

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  • Global reach

    The increasing internationalization of science offers many benefits, but also has limitations.

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  • Science on the move

    The big picture of global migration shows that scientists usually follow the research money – but culture can skew this pattern.

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  • The rise of research networks

    New collaboration patterns are changing the global balance of science. Established superpowers need to keep up or be left behind, says Jonathan Adams.

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  • Global challenges need global solutions

    Subra Suresh sets out the institutional reforms needed for collaborative action among international research-funding agencies to tackle the challenges humanity faces.

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