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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2142; doi:10.3390/su9112142

On the Sustainability of Co-Authoring Behaviors in Vietnamese Social Sciences: A Preliminary Analysis of Network Data

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Institute of Philosophy, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Western University Hanoi (ĐH Thành Tây), Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Vietnam Panorama Media Monitoring, Giang Vo, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Dijon, 21000 Dijon, France
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Université Libre de Bruxelles, Centre Emile Bernheim, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 18 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
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Abstract

The topic of sustainability has mostly been tied to economic development and environmental protection, yet not much attention has been paid to the need for high problem-solving capacity as this underlines both issues. One of the most straightforward ways to improve problem-solving capacity is to nurture ‘productive and enduring’, i.e., sustainable, scientific communities. The study examines the co-authoring behaviors of 412 Vietnamese social scientists over the 2008–2017 period via social network analysis to determine if these researchers have formed sustainable scientific communities, using Scopus data. The dataset provides an insightful look into the predominant form of collaboration, i.e., co-authorship, within the Vietnamese social science research communities. Through basic network metrics such as density and clustering coefficient, the study hypothesizes that the socially sustainable research communities are those with low clustering and high density. As any scholar's position in a network can be specified by three quantities: the number of publications, connections, and years in research, the distance metrics from the most productive to the rest are computed and compared. The study hypothesizes that if the distance is too large; it reflects the socially unsustainable situation in the network. The results indicate that certain level of social unsustainability exists in social sciences groups in Vietnam. Though the results are only indicative, it has opened up a fertile space for future inquiry into this matter. View Full-Text
Keywords: publishing behavior; co-authoring behavior; sustainable scientific communities; social sustainability distance; social network analysis; Vietnam publishing behavior; co-authoring behavior; sustainable scientific communities; social sustainability distance; social network analysis; Vietnam
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Ho, T.M.; Nguyen, H.K.T.; Vuong, T.-T.; Vuong, Q.-H. On the Sustainability of Co-Authoring Behaviors in Vietnamese Social Sciences: A Preliminary Analysis of Network Data. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2142.

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