Scientometrics

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 335–350 | Cite as

Patterns of international scientific co-operation in Puerto Rico

  • Carlos Suárez-Balseiro
  • Elias Sanz-Casado
  • Laurie Ortiz-Rivera
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Abstract

Scientific activity has been increasing in Puerto Rico in recent years, a development mirrored not only by the amount of papers published, but by the international links established for scientific co-operation. The purpose of the present study is to identify and discuss the patterns of such cooperation, along with the trends in scientific research conducted in that context at Puerto Rican institutions. The methodology includes an analysis of the main areas of research addressed, defined as the area of specialization of the journals publishing papers indexed in the Science Citation Index (CD-ROM version) from 1980 to 1999. A total of 7271 studies, appearing in 1240 scientific journals, were selected to study the co-operation established between Puerto Rican institutions and organizations in other countries. The findings showed a high rate of international co-operation: 46.07% of the papers published were co-authored by researchers from other countries. The country accounting for the highest percentage of joint research was the USA, followed by Germany, United Kingdom, Canada and Italy. The close relationship between the Puerto Rican and US scientific systems is not unusual, inasmuch as the economic and sociopolitical bonds between them play an essential role in Puerto Rican scientific activity. The results also revealed substantial differences between the nineteen eighties and the nineties in terms of the nature of the links established, as well as growing internationalization of scientific research conducted on the island over the twenty-year period studied.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Suárez-Balseiro
    • 1
  • Elias Sanz-Casado
    • 2
  • Laurie Ortiz-Rivera
    • 3
  1. 1.Observatorio de Estudios Relacionados con la Información (OERI), Escuela Graduada de Ciencias and Tecnologías de la Información (EGCTI)Universidad de Puerto RicoRecinto de Río PiedrasPuerto Rico
  2. 2.Departamento de Biblioteconomía y DocumentaciónUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid, España, Laboratorio de Estudios Métricos de Información GetafeMadridSpain
  3. 3.Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto RicoInstituto de Cultura PuertorriqueñaSan JuanPuerto Rico

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