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Academic careers in Computer Science: Continuance and transience of lifetime co-authorships

Cabanac, Guillaume and Hubert, Gilles and Milard, Béatrice Academic careers in Computer Science: Continuance and transience of lifetime co-authorships. (2015) Scientometrics, 102 (1). 135-150. ISSN 0138-9130

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-014-1426-0


Scholarly publications reify fruitful collaborations between co-authors. A branch of research in the Science Studies focuses on analyzing the co-authorship networks of established scientists. Such studies tell us about how their collaborations developed through their careers. This paper updates previous work by reporting a transversal and a longitudinal studies spanning the lifelong careers of a cohort of researchers from the DBLP bibliographic database. We mined 3,860 researchers' publication records to study the evolution patterns of their co-authorships. Two features of co-authors were considered: 1) their expertise, and 2) the history of their partnerships with the sampled researchers. Our findings reveal the ephemeral nature of most collaborations: 70% of the new co-authors were only one-shot partners since they did not appear to collaborate on any further publications. Overall, researchers consistently extended their co-authorships 1) by steadily enrolling beginning researchers (i.e., people who had never published before), and 2) by increasingly working with confirmed researchers with whom they already collaborated.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Springer editor. The original PDF of the article can be found at Scientometrics website : http://link.springer.com/journal/11192
HAL Id:hal-01113804
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:06 Feb 2015 11:57

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