La colaboración científica en el campo de las ciencias de la actividad física y el deporte en España

This study examines scientific cooperation through co-authorship patterns in a sample of Spanish academic Physical Activity and Sport Science (PASS) journals. It also examines the main research groups and disciplines of the multidisciplinary PASS field. The frequency and percentage of jointly authored articles, and the number of authors per paper, were analysed. Cooperative network analysis was performed for the most productive authors to identify research groups, and the group density was calculated to reveal group cohesion. Production was also analysed by discipline. Single-authored publications were fewer than co-authored publications in most of the journals and disciplines examined. The average number of authors per article was 2.5. Fifteen research groups were identified, the larger ones being the most productive and less cohesive. Cooperation with foreign researchers was modest and mostly limited to South American authors. Teaching and training theory were the most productive disciplines. The results highlight the trend towards cooperation that has been observed over recent years in PASS, but cooperation in terms of the number of co-authors per article remains rather low, as does the number of research groups identified.
Bibliographic reference
VALENCIANO VALCÁRCEL, Javier ; Devis Devis, Jose ; Villamon Herrera, Miguel ; Peiro Velert, La colaboración científica en el campo de las Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte en España, Revista Española de Documentación Científica, vol. 33, no. 1, p. 90-105