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Public Health Reports: Co-Authorship Network Analysis of Prevention Research Centers: An Exploratory Study

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Ms. Rose A. Marcelin and Dr. Kristin M. Rabarison of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Monika K. Rabarison of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley evaluated the collaborations between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention Research Centers (PRCs). Between September 2014 and September 2015, all authors of articles published by PRCs and collaborating members in peer-reviewed journals were identified. Moreover, a network was constructed showing the links between and among all the authors. The network was characterized with four measures of social structure and three measures of individual author performances. After analyzing 413 articles, 1804 individual authors and 7995 co-authorship relationships (i.e. links) were found in 212 peer-reviewed journals. Authors and co-authors formed 44 separate, non-overlapping groups, or components. The largest component containing most of the links involved 66.3 percent of the authors and 73.7 percent of the links. Thus, there was evidence of collaboration in the PRC co-authorship network. However, results indicated that despite members of the PRCs being charged and encouraged to work together, their network density, a measure of how closely knit a network is, was low. The authors concluded that information brokers and co-authorship mediators should be encouraged to better connect with each other, which could increase the number of collaborations between network members.

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research, reviews, and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and teaching at schools and programs of public health schools and teaching. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthPHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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