What a Network Case Study Shows?
We chose to observe a special research network: Research Network on Biodiversity in the Biomes Cerrado, Amazonian Forest, and Pantanal of the State of Mato Grosso (RBBIO). We want to show the profile of a research group that operates within a developing region within an emerging country, apparently far from resources of all kinds and inserted into a research object—an unknown biome in its entirety that is not accessible to the developed centers of international science. To have an idea of the difficulties faced by researchers of this network, remember that the movement of researchers to research spaces can be gained only by canoes, boats, and small planes in the jungle and wetlands. In Table 4.1, we summarize the main characteristics of this Research Network on Biodiversity.
Now we look at the articles of a leading researcher of network RBBIO by accessing his CV from Lattes.4 Building this ego network coauthorship, we can see that this leader publishes widely (see Fig. 4.2). Besides a large number of coauthors, this leader allows and encourages the publication in subgroups.