, Volume 84, Issue 3, pp 835–844

Network collaboration in the 6th Framework Programmes: country participation in the health thematic area


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-010-0212-x

Cite this article as:
Ortega, J.L. & Aguillo, I.F. Scientometrics (2010) 84: 835. doi:10.1007/s11192-010-0212-x


This paper aims to explore the role of each country in the health thematic area of the 6th Framework Programme (6FP) of the EU. We try to explain how the collaborative research processes are generated in a research programme using social network analysis (SNA) tools. We have modelled a one-mode network set up by 2,132 organizations which participate in 601 research projects. This network was shrunk at the country level, obtaining a network of 31 countries. Results show that there is a strong relationship between R&D indicators and the structural position of each country in the network. The paper concludes that the SNA techniques are a suitable tool to assess the country performance in the EU research programmes.


Scientometrics EU research programmes Network analyses Country collaboration 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.R&D Analysis, Vice-Presidency for Science and TechnologyCSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Cybermetrics LabCCHS-CSICMadridSpain

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