Scientific collaboration in tourism: Research groups and networks in Catalonia

José Antonio Corral-Marfil, Gemma Cànoves Valiente

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The aim was to analyse research collaboration in the field of tourism in Catalonia: to describe the research groups; to study the collaboration between groups, organisations and countries; to explore the level of multidisciplinarity in relation with the type of journals; and to identify key researchers. We made a catalogue of groups and analysed research output between 2000 and 2010 by means of bibliometrics and social networks analysis. We found four types of groups among the 20 groups identified, collaborating internally and externally in equal measure. Incidence of co-authorship increased over the course of the decade, but not its extent. Collaboration was highest in the most prestigious journals, but it was not clear whether multidisciplinary studies correlated with higher collaboration. Co-authorship networks lacked cohesion: many researchers were working in isolation and disconnected subgroups. National and international collaboration increased the most, but local collaboration was the most frequent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-86
JournalDocuments d' Analisi Geografica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Catalonia
  • Research collaboration
  • Research groups
  • Social network analysis
  • Tourism


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