Collaboration patterns in the German political science co-authorship network

Leifeld, Philip; Wankmüller, Sandra; Berger, Valentin T. Z.; Ingold, Karin; Steiner, Christiane (2017). Collaboration patterns in the German political science co-authorship network. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0174671. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0174671

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Research on social processes in the production of scientific output suggests that the collective research agenda of a discipline is influenced by its structural features, such as “invisible colleges” or “groups of collaborators” as well as academic “stars” that are embedded in, or connect, these research groups. Based on an encompassing dataset that takes into account multiple publication types including journals and chapters in edited volumes, we analyze the complete co-authorship network of all 1,339 researchers in German political science. Through the use of consensus graph clustering techniques and descriptive centrality measures, we identify the ten largest research clusters, their research topics, and the most central researchers who act as bridges and connect these clusters. We also aggregate the findings at the level of research organizations and consider the inter-university co-authorship network. The findings indicate that German political science is structured by multiple overlapping research clusters with a dominance of the subfields of international relations, comparative politics and political sociology. A small set of well-connected universities takes leading roles in these informal research groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Leifeld, Philip and Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Mirjam Ingold Michel

Date Deposited:

30 May 2017 14:34

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2019 09:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0174671

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99332

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99332

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