Indicators of collaboration intensity?

Michel J. Menou Michel.Menou at WANADOO.FR
Thu May 12 12:03:50 EDT 2005


There is also a difference between 2 or 3 co-authors and many co-authors.
Not to mention the case when the co-authors are students and project
director,  head of Department and assistants, etc.
More importantly 12 co-authors from same institution does not reflect
the same level of collaboration intensity than 12 co-authors from
different institutions.
I'd rather combine percentual of single authorship and percentual of
multiple co-authors from different institutions

Steven A. Morris wrote:

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>Hi folks,
>Does anyone out there know of an indicator of the "intensity" of
>collaboration that characterizes a research specialty?  For example,
>mathematicians tend to be loners that don't often work with others,
>therefore mathematical specialties have "low" collaboration intensity.
>Biomedical researchers tend to work in large teams, so biomedical
>specialties have "high" collaboration intensity.
>One possible indicator would be the mean authors per paper in a
>specialty's literature. This is actually not a very sensitive indicator I
>think.  Another indicator could be the percentage of single authored
>papers, which I think is more sensitive, e.g.,
>Specialty   percent 1     collaboration
>            auth papers   intensity
>Distance     47%           low
>Complex      23%           medium
>angio-       7%            high
> genesis
>Does anyone have any ideas or references on
>collaboration intensity indicators?
>Steven Morris
>Oklahoma State University

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