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Fostering national research networks: The case of Turkish coauthorship patterns in the social sciences

Cédric Gossart () and Müge Ozman ()
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Cédric Gossart: Cankaya University, Department of Economics

No 702, STPS Working Papers from STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University

Abstract: We analyse the coauthorship networks of researchers affiliated at universities in Turkey by using two databases: the international SSCI database and the Turkish ULAKBIM database. We find that coauthorship networks are composed largely of isolated groups, permitting little knowledge diffusion. Moreover, there seems to be two disparate populations of researchers. While some scholars publish mostly in the international journals, others target the national audience, and there is very little intersection between the two populations. The same observation is valid for universities, among which there is very little collaboration. Our results point out that while Turkish social sciences and humanities publications have been growing impressively in the last decade, domestic networks to ensure the dissemination of knowledge and of research output are very weak and should be supported by domestic policies.

Keywords: Research collaboration; coauthorship; networks; research policy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-knm, nep-net and nep-sog
Date: 2007-07, Revised 2007-07
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