, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 1017–1036

The normalization of co-authorship networks in the bibliometric evaluation: the government stimulation programs of China and Korea



Using co-authored publications between China and Korea in Web of Science (WoS) during the one-year period of 2014, we evaluate the government stimulation program for collaboration between China and Korea. In particular, we apply dual approaches, full integer versus fractional counting, to collaborative publications in order to better examine both the patterns and contents of Sino-Korean collaboration networks in terms of individual countries and institutions. We first conduct a semi-automatic network analysis of Sino-Korean publications based on the full-integer counting method, and then compare our categorization with contextual rankings using the fractional technique; routines for fractional counting of WoS data are made available at Increasing international collaboration leads paradoxically to lower numbers of publications and citations using fractional counting for performance measurement. However, integer counting is not an appropriate measure for the evaluation of the stimulation of collaborations. Both integer and fractional analytics can be used to identify important countries and institutions, but with other research questions.


Co-authorship Collaboration Fractional counting Korea China Social network analysis Integer counting 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and Communication, Interdisciplinary Program of East Asian Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Program of Digital Convergence BusinessYeungnam UniversityGyeongsan-siSouth Korea
  2. 2.National Research Foundation of KoreaSeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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