Connectomics analysis shows the extent of ‘Team Science’


In recent months we have looked for ways to provide more insight into the extent to which we collaborate. To this end we performed a connectomics analysis of all publications affiliated with the Amsterdam Neuroscience research institute and published in the period 2016-2018. Rik Iping (consultant) and Arjen Brussaard (director of Amsterdam Neuroscience) report.


Amsterdam Neuroscience brings together more than 950 clinicians, faculty, staff, postdocs and PhD investigators in the Amsterdam area, producing 1250+ publications per year. On the basis of the metadata (from sources such as Web of Science, Scopus and Pubmed) of the more than 3600 publications affiliated with Amsterdam Neuroscience, published during the period between 1 January 2016 and and 31 December 2018, the so-called connectomics plots (or networks) were visualized on the basis of co-author relationships and use of keywords in these publications.

Using VOSviewer software, and by downloading the bibliographic data from EuropePMC for this set of Digital Object Indentifiers (doi´s), we proceeded and completed an analysis of the Amsterdam Neuroscience institute. Figure 1 shows the connectomics plot of Amsterdam Neuroscience (corresponding) authors with at least fifteen (but no more than 50) co-authoring publications over the period 2016-2018; size of spheres is equivalent to the relative number of publications as compared to other authors; (number of) co-authorships are represented by (thickness of) connecting lines and color coding.

In addition we show a keyword network and research topics word cloud in Figure 2; again size of spheres is equivalent to number of publications in which a particular keyword was indicated, the color coding is a proxy of the overlap of different key words used in the same publication.

The connectomic plots show the power of collaboration in our research institute. Let’s stay connected during the upcoming years via digital solutions or in person in the nearby future. Because together we contribute to a better understanding of the brain in health and disease.

Figure 1. A connectomics plot of (corresponding) authors of Amsterdam Neuroscience with at least fifteen (but no more than 50) co-authoring publications over the period 2016-2018. Figure 1. A connectomics plot of (corresponding) authors of Amsterdam Neuroscience with at least fifteen (but no more than 50) co-authoring publications over the period 2016-2018.
Figure 2. A connectomics plots of keywords and research topics of publications of Amsterdam Neuroscience over the period 2016-2018.   Figure 2. A connectomics plots of keywords and research topics of publications of Amsterdam Neuroscience over the period 2016-2018.

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