Collaboration Network Analysis of Papers Published in English language Accounting and Finance Journals in Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student of Accounting, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Management and Accounting Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

4 Associate Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.



The MSRT authorized the publication of four English journals in accounting and finance, which produced 853 papers by 2022. This study examines the scholarly collaboration network of authors in these journals, analyzing authorship patterns, productivity, and the features of the network. Using scientometrics indexes and social network analytics, the study employs ucinet and VOSviewer software to analyze the network. Results of this study suggest that 853 papers have been authored by 2438 authors among which only 53 papers(6%) have been authored cooperating with international professors. Investigation of paper authorship patterns indicates that only 8%of the papers(72items) were authored individually while the rest were authored in groups of two(25%- 213papers), through scholarly collaboration of three scholars(42%-354 papers), and the other 25%in collaborative groups with more than 3 scholars. The most productive authors are Rahnamay Roodposhti, Nikoomaram, and Fallah Shams with 28,24&19 papers respectively who have published more than 80%of their publications in the journal under their own management (IJFMA). Analysis of scholarly collaborations network shows collaboration of 1406 scholars among which 1002 scholars(71%) have published merely one paper. Scholarly collaborations network of journals with compression index of 0.018 has low coherence and includes many isolated nodes; nevertheless, compression index in IJFMA(0.051) shows the greatest coherence among journals. Rahmany Roodposhti and Nikoomaram had the highest number of cooperation in the network with ten collaborations. The study provides policymakers in English-language journals of accounting and finance with insights into the level of collaboration and a roadmap for achieving their goals.


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