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Paper info: A Network Analysis of the Evolution of Personal Research Networks Among IMP Researchers.

Title


A Network Analysis of the Evolution of Personal Research Networks Among IMP Researchers.

Authors


Ian Wilkinson
University of Sydney
Australia
Ian Wilkinson ,
Louise Young
University of Western Sydney
Australia
Louise Young and Pierangela Morlacchi

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 16th IMP-conference in Bath, U.K in 2000.

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Abstract


One aspect of the sociology of research that has received some attention over the years is thecooperation between individual researchers in the form of invisible colleges.One way in which this a phenomenon has been investigated is via co-citation analysis whichshow the links between researchers in terms of which ones are cited in the same articles.Another way of addressing this issue is in terms of the more direct links between peoplereflected in the joint authorship of papers. This more directly reflects research communitiesstemming from various factors including: Professor-Student, Institution, propinquity,research interests and methods, etc.In this paper we use the history of IMP conferences to examine the direct and indirect linksbetween researchers and to identify subgroups within the IMP community and how theyevolve over time. Using the techniques of Network Structure Analysis we develop measuresof the role and centrality of various people in the IMP community and correlate this withother characteristics of the individual researcher. The results show the broad patterns in scaleand structure of relations within the IMP research community over time from its beginning in1984 to 1999.