“nemo solus satis sapit”-no one can be wise enough on his own. This is particularly true when it comes to collaborations in scientific research. Concerns over this issue in vietnam, a developing country with limited academic resources, led to an in-depth study on vietnamese social science research, using google scholar and scopus, during 2008-2017. The results showed that more than 90% of scientists had worked with colleagues to publish, and they had collaborated 13 times on average during the time limit of the data sample. These collaborations, both domestic and international, mildly boosted author performance. On the other hand, the modest number of publications by vietnamese authors was reportedly linked to vietnamese social scientists’ heavy reliance on collaborative work as non-leading co-authors: for an entire decade (2008-2017), the average author assumes the leading role merely in two articles, and hardly ever published alone. This implies that policy-makers ought to consider promoting institutional collaborations while also encouraging authors to acquire the experience of publishing solo. 2017 By the author.