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Global Science

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Introduction

Global Science is characterised by global collaboration and cooperation. The world is now home to over 7 million researchers, drawing on combined international R&D spending of over $1000 billion and publishing in over 25,000 scientific journals. Over 35% of articles published in international journals involve international collaborators. This is happening for several reasons: greater ease of communication, the search for efficiency, and the desire to make the most of finite research budgets. However, one growing source of global collaboration is the global scale of research challenges. Global challenges, due to their enormous complexity and scale, are beyond the capacity of any one country to address. Scientists, in seeking to advance our understanding of these challenges and thereby better enable us to respond, need to work with the best partners, institutions and equipment that the world has to offer.