Social network analysis: A useful tool for visualizing and evaluating forestry research
Source: International Forestry Review, Volume 11, Number 1, March 2009 , pp. 134-140(7)
Publisher: Commonwealth Forestry Association
Abstract:One of the foundational studies of social network analysis produced a depiction of scientific collaboration by tracing a network of scientific papers linked by co-authorships and co-citations, which has since spurred numerous studies on the typology, organization and dynamics of scientific research networks. This paper introduces social network analysis and its analytical measures of network structure. It then demonstrates the utility of social network analysis in forestry, in the evaluation of large research networks such as the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN), and suggests other important uses of network visualization to facilitate exploring, discovering and selecting resources in a database.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 2: Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada at York University, Toronto, Canada. 3: Department of Geography, Universit de Montral, Montreal, Canada.
Publication date: March 1, 2009
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