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researchers. An e-mail distribution list, hosted on RedIRIS85, as well as
a website, were launched to exchange information, disseminate news,
and share training resources.
The journal REDES was launched four years later. Since its inception
the objectives of the journal have been (a) to promote academic
research on network analysis in Spanish, by extension in Latin
America, and (b) to become a space of scientic reference, following
the consolidation of the e-mail list REDES and the website REDES as
communication tools among Spanish and Latin-American researchers.
REDES is among the most relevant journals specializing in social
network analysis, along with Social Networks, Journal of Social
Structure and Connections. More recently there have been others linked
to the ‘network science’, such as Network Science, covering statistical
physics, simulation models and large networks databases. REDES is the
only one published in Spanish. It has a wide circulation, especially Latin
America. The website of the magazine has more than 1,000 visits a day,
over 2,000 subscribers who receive each volume by the e-newsletter,
and is supported by more than 800 subscribers of the REDES e-mail
list. The countries with the most visits to the journal are Spain, Mexico,
Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, and the United States.
Since its inception it has been based on the principles of open
knowledge and remote cooperative work. REDES publishes,
disseminates and promotes network analysis. In its publications
it combines quality empirical articles, translations of classics into
Spanish, and the results of the early research of young researchers.
REDES has been held in a community of practice that has endorsed
the words of Antonio Machado86: “In matters of culture and knowledge,
you only lose what is saved;
You earn only what is given”.
85 RedIRIS is the Spanish network which interconnects the computing resourc-
es of Universities and research centres. It is funded by the National R+D+i
Plan of the Spanish Government.
86 Antonio Machado (1875-1939) was a Spanish poet, who was born in Seville.
He was part of the “Generation of 98” literary movement.