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Dear All,

According to my understanding, co-authorship networks lie in the domain of 
social networks but research mostly relies on bibliometric data to analyze the 
network. I guess there is dearth of research which consider co-authorship 
networks as "typical" social networks and hence study 
some sociological questions in the network. May be this has something to do with 
defining the boundary of the co-authorship network and hence failure to 
complement bibliometric data with additional data (survey for e.g.). Hence I'm 
looking for some research which has studied some sociological phenomenon in 
co-authorship networks particularly the impact of some moderating variables on 
the relationship between networks and academic performance. Yes I have seen 
researchers use control variables but how about moderating variables? Can these 
control variables be tested for the moderator effect just for the sake of 
exploring the gap in research or can we use demographic variables as moderating 

Hope to get insightful replies from experts.    

Kamal Badar
Doctoral candidate

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