Sources for finding collaborative partners can be both formal and informal. There are several places that one could go to find out who is doing what research, and in the process, identify possible partners for collaboration.
At the institutional level, there is the Research Expertise at UT Arlington page. You can search by various profiles, including expertise, or the UTA Faculty Profiles.
In some databases you can also see who the most prolific authors on various topics are.
- Researcher ID, a module in Web of Science, is a database of researchers from around the world who have published in the journals indexed in its database.
- Pivot - (subscription needed) - From Community of Scholars
- ISI Highly Cited - Search this database to identify the researchers who are the most highly cited within each category for the period 1981-2008. (free database; last updated February 11, 2009)
There are also free sources that one can use to find collaborators in one's field. Some of these are social networking sites for scholars, or blogs written by researchers/scholars.
- Google Scholar - "...helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research."
- LinkedIn - "...world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and territories."
- Mendeley - "...a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research." -- from the Mendeley website
- academia.edu - "...a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research." -- from Academia.edu website
- Blogs - scholars are using academic blogs to connect with colleagues around the world, and to share their expertise.