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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2021, 4(3); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040308.

Research on Co-authorship Network of Sports Culture in China Based on Social Network Analysis (SNA)


Xin Lu1, Wentao Zhang2*

Corresponding Author:
Wentao Zhang

1School of Mathematics and Information Science, Nanchang Normal University, Nanchang 330032, China

2Physical Education College of Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China

*E-mail: wentaozhang1978@163.com

*Corresponding Author


The co-authorship network of Chinese sports culture field is constructed while the co-authored papers published in CNKI database from 2000 to 2019. SNA methods and complex network theory are employed to analyze the structural characteristics, groups of core authors, and distribution of the network resources based on overall density, average distance, clustering coefficient, and centrality of co-authorship network. The result shows that the information liquidity is poorer, the connections are relatively loose, and there are some groups that authors are familiar with each other in the co-authorship network of sports culture. The scientists’ productivity and co-author groups’ size follow the power law distributions. The field has formed a large scale and influential groups and core authors, and mainly in small-scale cooperation. Moreover, most of the authors who published amounts of papers have limited co-authored papers, and a few core authors have high resource control. What’s more, prolific authors should expand the scope of cooperation to improve the connectivity of network. And the same time, more attention should be pay to these core authors and hub authors.


sports culture, co-authorship network, social network analysis, complex network

Cite This Paper

Xin Lu, Wentao Zhang. Research on Co-authorship Network of Sports Culture in China Based on Social Network Analysis (SNA). Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 3: 35-41. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040308.


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