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A new indicator for international visibility: exploring Brazilian scientific community

  • Paula Leite
  • Rogério Mugnaini
  • Jacqueline Leta


Brazilian science has increased fast during the last decades. An example is the increasing in the country’s share in the world’s scientific publication within the main international databases. But what is the actual weight of international publications to the whole Brazilian productivity? In order to respond this question, we have elaborated a new indicator, the International Publication Ratio (IPR). The data source was Lattes Database, a database organized by one of the main Brazilian S&T funding agency, which encompasses publication data from 1997 to 2004 of about 51,000 Brazilian researchers. Influences of distinct parameters, such as sectors, fields, career age and gender, are analyzed. We hope the data presented may help S&T managers and other S&T interests to better understand the complexity under the concept scientific productivity, especially in peripheral countries in science, such as Brazil.


Brazilian science Scientific publications International publication ratio 



We thank CNPq, especially the support of Silvana M. Cosac, for the database set up for this study and for the PhD fellowship awarded to Paula Leite. This study was supported by CNPq - Process number 483095/2009 - 5.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Leite
    • 1
  • Rogério Mugnaini
    • 2
  • Jacqueline Leta
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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