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Why do ecologists search for co-authorships? Patterns of co-authorship networks in ecology (1977–2016)

  • Anderson Matos MedinaEmail author


Here, the pattern of co-authorship among ecologists was evaluated using a network approach that was built using four time periods (1977–1986, 1987–1996, 1997–2006, and 2007–2016). Furthermore, four potential explanations (geographic distance, word similarity, reputation asymmetry, and country development) for this pattern were evaluated. Distance and reputation asymmetry effects on collaboration have decreased in recent decades, whereas word similarity was a good predictor in recent decades. Of interest, country development was not a good predictor of co-authorship among ecologists.


Co-authorship networks Research collaboration Ecology Homophily 



I received a scholarship from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). I am grateful for all comments made on the manuscript during the peer-review process.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Evolução, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil

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