Challenges in the study of Cuban scientific output

Ricardo, Arencibia-Jorge and Félix, de Moya-Anegón Challenges in the study of Cuban scientific output. Scientometrics, 2010, vol. 83, n. 3, pp. 723-737. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Cuban scientific output at macro level has not been frequently studied in the literature on scientometrics. The current paper explores the different metric approaches to the Cuban scientific activity carried out by national and international authors. Also, the article develops a scientometric study of the Cuban scientific production as included in Scopus during the period 1996-2007, using socio-economic indicators combined with bibliometric indicators supported by the SCImago Journal & Country Rank. Web of Science and Scopus are compared as information sources. Results confirm the possibility to use Scopus to obtain an objective picture of the Cuban science behaviour during the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the XXI century. The SCImago Journal & Country Rank, in this case, offers an important set of indicators. The combination of these indicators with those related to socio-economic aspects of activities in Science and Technology, allow the authors to show a perspective of the Cuban science system evolution during the period analyzed. The inclusion in Scopus of less-cited journals published in Spanish language and its impact on productivity and citation-based indicators is also discussed. Our investigation found an increasing growth of the Cuban scientific production during the whole period, which is in correspondence to the country efforts and expenditures in Research and Development activities.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Scientific output, bibliometric indicators, socio-economic indicators, databases, GDP, Cuba.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Ricardo Arencibia
Date deposited: 03 Jun 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:17


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