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Atapuerca: evolution of scientific collaboration in an emergent large-scale research infrastructure

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  • Sergi Lozano

    () (IPHES, Institut Catala de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV))

  • Xosé-Pedro Rodríguez

    (IPHES, Institut Catala de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV))

  • Alex Arenas

    (IPHES, Institut Catala de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    University of Zaragoza)

Abstract

We study the evolution of scientific collaboration at Atapuerca’s archaeological complex along its emergence as a large-scale research infrastructure (LSRI). Using bibliometric and fieldwork data, we build and analyze co-authorship networks corresponding to the period 1992–2011. The analysis of such structures reveals a stable core of scholars with a long experience in Atapuerca’s fieldwork, which would control coauthorship-related information flows, and a tree-like periphery mostly populated by ‘external’ researchers. Interestingly, this scenario corresponds to the idea of a Equipo de Investigación de Atapuerca, originally envisioned by Atapuerca’s first director 30 years ago. These results have important systemic implications, both in terms of resilience of co-authorship structures and of ‘oriented’ or ‘guided’ self-organized network growth. Taking into account the scientific relevance of LSRIs, we expect a growing number of quantitative studies addressing collaboration among scholars in this sort of facilities in general and, particularly, emergent phenomena like the Atapuerca case.

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  • Sergi Lozano & Xosé-Pedro Rodríguez & Alex Arenas, 2014. "Atapuerca: evolution of scientific collaboration in an emergent large-scale research infrastructure," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 98(2), pages 1505-1520, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:98:y:2014:i:2:d:10.1007_s11192-013-1162-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-013-1162-x
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