‘The emergence of the higher education research field (1976–2018): preferential attachment, smallworldness and fragmentation in its collaboration networks’

Abstract: The field of higher education research is fast-growing, both in number of publications and in geographical reach. There is however limited evidence on how this growth in publication influences the structure of the underlying co-authorship network. This is important as structural network parameters can change quickly in a fast-growing network, leading to fundamental different network structures, e.g., in terms of hierarchy, fragmentation, and inequality. Ultimately, these network structures can influence the current and future innovation and knowledge production in the field. Empirically, we construct 34 different co-authorship networks of all authors published in 28 higher education journals listed in Web of Science between 1976 and 2018 and perform bibliometric network analyses …

Jef Vlegels and Jeroen Huisman, The emergence of the higher education research field (1976–2018): preferential attachment, smallworldness and fragmentation in its collaboration networks, Higher Education (2020).

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