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Patterns of research collaboration in a large digital library

Nisa Bakkalbasi, Thomas Krichel

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) has been conceived and developed to promote scholarly communication and enhance the dissemination of research findings in the field of economics. RePEc offers the RePEc Author Service (RAS) where economics authors can claim authorship of the research papers that are described in RePEc archives. The data from this service forms a high-quality authorship database. We use this data to answer a variety of questions about RAS registrants such as the number of papers they write, the number of collaborators they have, etc. We investigate the structure of research collaborations within RePEc by applying social network analysis to the co-authorship network formed by RAS data. We perform a component size analysis and calculate centrality metrics. We also compare and contrast results from a number of recent studies on co-authorship networks.

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