Table 2

Inclusion and exclusion criteria for articles
Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Empirical research on brokers, bridges or boundary spanners within a collaborative network using a network approach Not empirical research, e.g. models, concepts, methods, frameworks, tools, computational or theoretical aspects of network theory or collaboration
Social network of professionals e.g. health, academic, research, corporate, commercial Social networks of non-professionals such as students, children, internet site users, genetic or disease groups, terrorists or criminals, historical groups, families, friends, local community members, targets for health promotion or marketing, customers or recommender groups
Local or virtual means of interaction Non-human social networks (e.g. animal societies, molecular systems) or simulations of human networks
Individual, organisational or interorganisational level data
Brokers, bridges or boundary spanners identified sociometrically or ethnographically

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Long et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:158   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-158

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