A region specific study, located in the Middle East, on the scientific collaboration of physicists, who are based in Iran, across multiple disciplines was recently done a few months ago. Analyzing the network’s basic properties, betweenness, diamater, etc., the local model is then compared to the global model of scientific collaboration to discover how a developing region such as the Middle East can contribute to global scientific process statistically. However, what becomes striking is how the local model unexpectedly differs from the global model. For example, despite the fact that the diameter of Iran’s physicists network is much smaller, resulting from a low diversity of information and disciplines, the physicists are reluctant to collaborate.

By: A.A. Roohi, A.H. Shirazi, A. Kargaran, and G.R. Jafar
 

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