, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 363-377

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Studying research collaboration using co-authorships

  • G. MelinAffiliated withInforsk, Department of Sociology Umeå University
  • , O. PerssonAffiliated withInforsk, Department of Sociology Umeå University

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Scientific collaboration has become a major issue in science policy. The tremendous growth of collaboration among nations and research institutions witnessed during the last twenty years is a function of the internal dynamics of science as well as science policy initiatives. The need to survey and follow up the collaboration issue calls for statistical indicators sensitive enough to reveal the structure and change of collaborative networks. In this context, bibliometric analysis of co-authored scientific articles is one promising approach. This paper discusses the relationship between collaboration and co-authorship, the nature of bibliometric data, and exemplifies how they can be refined and used to analyse various aspects of collaboration.