Scientometrics

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 631–647

Collaboration structures in Slovenian scientific communities

  • Luka Kronegger
  • Franc Mali
  • Anuška Ferligoj
  • Patrick Doreian
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0493-8

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Kronegger, L., Mali, F., Ferligoj, A. et al. Scientometrics (2012) 90: 631. doi:10.1007/s11192-011-0493-8
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Abstract

We combine two seemingly distinct perspectives regarding the modeling of network dynamics. One perspective is found in the work of physicists and mathematicians who formally introduced the small world model and the mechanism of preferential attachment. The other perspective is sociological and focuses on the process of cumulative advantage and considers the agency of individual actors in a network. We test hypotheses, based on work drawn from these perspectives, regarding the structure and dynamics of scientific collaboration networks. The data we use are for four scientific disciplines in the Slovene system of science. The results deal with the overall topology of these networks and specific processes that generate them. The two perspectives can be joined to mutual benefit. Within this combined approach, the presence of small-world structures was confirmed. However preferential attachment is far more complex than advocates of a single autonomous mechanism claim.

Keywords

Scientific collaborationCo-authorship networkBibliometryLongitudinal network analysisSmall worldPreferential attachmentStochastic actor based model

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luka Kronegger
    • 1
  • Franc Mali
    • 1
  • Anuška Ferligoj
    • 1
  • Patrick Doreian
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA