Collaboration patterns as a function of research experience among mixed researchers: A mixed methods bibliometric study

Melanie S. Wachsmann, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Susan Hoisington, Vanessa Gonzales, Rachael Wilcox, Rachel Valle, Majed Aleisa

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Onwuegbuzie et al. (2018) documented that the degree of collaboration is higher for mixed researchers than for qualitative and quantitative researchers. The present investigation examined the (a) link between the research experience of lead authors and their propensity to collaborate (Quantitative Phase), and (b) role of research experience in collaborative mixed research studies (Qualitative Phase). Analyses of articles published in the Journal of Mixed Methods Research from 2007 (its inception) to the third issue in 2018 (time of data collection) revealed that the average research experience of lead authors decreased from 20.29 in 2007 to 14.24 in 2017 (last complete year), representing a significant reduction of 29.8%. No statistically significant relationship emerged between degree of collaboration and research experience. The qualitative phase yielded 3 themes and 9 subthemes that identified several differences and similarities between the desire for collaboration and research experience. In particular, for the least-experienced mixed methods researchers, collaboration might be associated with negative emotions (e.g., frustration, stress, anxiety) and this coupled with the lack of perceived weaknesses reported by the most-experienced sub-participants, suggest that years of experience have an impact on their affective state during the conduct of collaborative mixed methods research studies. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2954-2976
Number of pages23
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Bibliometrics
  • Collaboration
  • Mixed Methods
  • Mixed Methods Bibliometrics
  • Mixed Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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