Bowling together: Scientific collaboration networks of demographers at European population conferences

Guy J. Abel, Raya Muttarak, Valeria Bordone, Emilio Zagheni

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Studies of collaborative networks of demographers are relatively scarce. Similar studies in other social sciences provide insight into scholarly trends of both the fields and characteristics of their successful scientists. Exploiting a unique database of metadata for papers presented at six European Population Conferences, this report explores factors explaining research collaboration among demographers. We find that (1) collaboration among demographers has increased over the past 10 years, however, among co-authored papers, collaboration across institutions remains relatively unchanged over the period, (2) papers based on core demographic subfields such as fertility, mortality, migration and data and methods are more likely to involve multiple authors and (3) multiple author teams that are all female are less likely to co-author with colleagues in different institutions. Potential explanations for these results are discussed alongside comparisons with similar studies of collaboration networks in other related social sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543–562
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Population
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019


  • Collaboration networks
  • Demography
  • Population studies
  • Scientific collaboration

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