This report presents the findings of a collaborative study conducted by the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education, the National Center for Scientific Research and INASP. It consists of a bibliometric analysis of the scientific production of five Latin American countries (Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Honduras) during the period 1996-2008. The report examines changes in the scientific research output of these countries, and compares them to patterns in a control group of eight countries whose development is at a comparable level to that of the studied countries. This allows findings to be considered in the context not only of regional but also international trends, particularly, so that strengths and weakness can be identified to support future decision-making processes.
The report aims to answer the following questions:
- How have research publication patterns changed over the last ten years in the selected countries?
- What is the number of research publications produced per country per year?
- What are the top research institutions in each country, as ranked by publication output?
- What is the breakdown of research publications by subject area?
- How has this research been cited by others in their research publications?
- What are the changing patterns of international research collaboration, as indicated by multi-author publications with different country affiliation per author?
INASP. Bibliometric study of Latin American countries supported by INASP 1996&#8211;2008. Project report. INASP, Oxford, UK (2011) 82 pp.