Collaboration Networks from a Large CV Database: Dynamics, Topology and Bonus Impact

Eduardo B. Araújo, André A. Moreira, Vasco Furtado, Tarcisio H. C. Pequeno, José S. Andrade, Jr, Marco Tomassini
2014 PLoS ONE  
Understanding the dynamics of research production and collaboration may reveal better strategies for scientific careers, academic institutions and funding agencies. Here we propose the use of a large and multidisciplinar database of scientific curricula in Brazil, namely, the Lattes Platform, to study patterns of scientific production and collaboration. In this database, detailed information about publications and researchers are made available by themselves so that coauthorship is unambiguous
more » ... nd individuals can be evaluated by scientific productivity, geographical location and field of expertise. Our results show that the collaboration network is growing exponentially for the last three decades, with a distribution of number of collaborators per researcher that approaches a power-law as the network gets older. Moreover, both the distributions of number of collaborators and production per researcher obey power-law behaviors, regardless of the geographical location or field, suggesting that the same universal mechanism might be responsible for network growth and productivity.We also show that the collaboration network under investigation displays a typical assortative mixing behavior, where teeming researchers (i.e., with high degree) tend to collaborate with others alike. Finally, our analysis reveals that the distinctive collaboration profile of researchers awarded with governmental scholarships suggests a strong bonus impact on their productivity.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090537 pmid:24603470 pmcid:PMC3948344 fatcat:5mp66q3h7zg73hgbo7wi2tsg5i