Research Collaboration Networks: What Do Researchers Say and What Networks Show?

Abstract This chapter focuses on the researcher, the knowledge worker. Relevant information emerges from two approaches to the study of research networks: (1) in the context of consolidated research groups from leading universities and (2) within the context of a new university, geographically isolated, but connected both nationally and globally, a new network.

Researchers from different disciplinary fields—Physics, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Education—give their perceptions about networks issues, such as working in networks. We ask: what do researchers from two different countries say about networking? And, what does the analysis of their networks graphs show as an answer? The chapter ends by presenting a special case study, the biodiversity network.

Keywords Researcher’s perceptions • Physics • Engineering • Education • Biodiversity networks • Research networks graphs • Consolidated networks New networks

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