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The transnational co-authorships are now viewed as teams of authors, both in CEDRA publications and in ECER/ VETNET proceedings. This picture has been produced by applying tools of network analysis (see PDF guide). 

As already pointed out in the previous breakdown according to country (figure 20), the two groups share basic characteristics: 

  • both the teams involved in CEDRA publications and those represented in the ECER proceedings are similar in number (14; 12); 
  • they are also similar in size, although the range of members (between 2 and 5 CEDRA; 2 and 4 ECER) somewhat exceeds the range of different countries (between 2 and 4 in each case); this is because some of these transnational teams also include co-authors of the same country (which were counted only as one team component in figure 20); 
  • the total number of individual persons involved in these transnational teams is also similar in each case: 39 in CEDRA publications and 34 in ECER proceedings.
The figure above demonstrates how individual persons are related with each other as co-authors in transnational teams. As should be expected, a majority of small teams (mostly involving just two or three persons) produces a more scattered picture than, for instance, a set of large project partnerships (figures 4 to 6). Nevertheless, there are two features which resemble special relations in networks: 
  • there are several repeated relationships (thicker lines) in both groups, particularly in cases of collaborating editors of CEDRA publications and ECER proceedings; 
  • a lot of CEDRA co-authors are related to more than own team, thus forming a large cluster of teams and, as part of this, a clique of intensely related co-authors.
The higher degree of interrelation found among the CEDRA co-authors is due to the collaborative approach applied in these publishing activities. This has already been evident from analysing the total network of co-authors in CEDRA studies (figure 10). 

Both CEDRA and ECER co-author teams should also be considered against the background of project partnerships (from which many articles or papers arise) and thematic networks (which underpin the collaboration of many co-authors). This background of European collaboration provides lots of invisible links between the transnational co-authors and may show the teams, instead of looking scattered, as foci or highlights of multiple networking.

© WIFO Manning 2003
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