Scientometrics

, Volume 110, Issue 1, pp 275–300 | Cite as

What publications metadata tell us about the evolution of a scientific community: the case of the Brazilian human–computer interaction conference series

  • Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa
  • Milene Selbach Silveira
  • Isabela Gasparini
Article

Abstract

Human–computer interaction (HCI) is a research field which engages different disciplines, interest groups and communities, and which has emerged in different countries at different times. To understand how the HCI research community has evolved in Brazil, this paper applies data and visual analytics to its main conference series, the Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems, henceforth IHC. We have explored the metadata of all 340 full papers published in the 14 editions of IHC. Our goal was to investigate the evolution of the Brazilian HCI community so we can raise the level of “self-knowledge” and thus discuss strategies that can further help develop this research community. From our analysis, we could understand more deeply the authorship profile of our community and how it has changed over time, the co-authorship networks evolution, the prominent institutions and states, the reference profile and the research topics over time. We hope that this paper will contribute to inspire other scientific communities to analyze themselves, and encourage their own discussions.

Keywords

Bibliometrics Scientific production history Evolution of scientific community HCI research in Brazil Data and visual analytics 

Mathematics Subject Classification

68-03 01-06 

JEL Classification

Y10 Y91 Y80 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de InformáticaPUC-RioRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade de InformáticaPUCRSPorto AlegreBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Ciência da Computação, UDESCCentro de Ciências Tecnológicas – CCTJoinvilleBrazil

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