Visualization of scientific co-authorship in Spanish universities : From regionalization to internationalization

Olmeda-Gómez, Carlos and Perianes-Rodríguez, Antonio and Ovalle-Perandones, María-Antonia and Guerrero-Bote, Vicente-P. and De-Moya-Anegón, Félix Visualization of scientific co-authorship in Spanish universities : From regionalization to internationalization. Aslib Proceedings, 2009, vol. 61, n. 1, pp. 83-100. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to visualize the inter-university and international collaboration networks generated by Spanish universities based on the co-authorship of scientific articles. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of formulation based on a bibliometric analysis of Spanish university production from 2000 to 2004 as contained in Web of Science databases, applying social network visualization techniques. The co-authorship data used were extracted with the total counting method from a database containing 100,710 papers. Findings – Spanish inter-university collaboration patterns appear to be influenced by both geographic proximity and administrative and political affiliation. Inter-regional co-authorship encompasses regional sub-networks whose spatial scope conforms rather closely with Spanish geopolitical divisions. Papers involving international collaboration are written primarily with European Union and North and Latin American researchers. Greater visibility is attained with international co-authorship than with any other type of collaboration studied. Research limitations/implications – Impact was measured in terms of journals rather than each individual paper. The co-authorship data were taken from the Web of Knowledge and were not compared with data from other databases. Practical implications – The data obtained in the paper may provide guidance for public policy makers seeking to enhance and intensify the internationalization of scientific production in Spanish universities. Originality/value – The Spanish university system is in the midst of profound structural change. This is the first paper to describe Spanish university collaboration networks using social network visualization techniques, covering an area not previously addressed. Paper type Research paper

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Co-authorship, Universities, Research, Social networks, Spain
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Carlos Olmeda-Gómez
Date deposited: 14 Jan 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:13


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