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Bibliometric mapping of techno-scientific systems of small Latin American worlds

Iván Manuel De la Vega (CENTRUM Católica, Graduate Business School, Lima, Perú and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú)
Juan Diaz Amorin (Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Lima, Perú)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 10 January 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023




The purpose of this study was to compare the evolution of the scientific production of Costa Rica and Panama, from Central America and Paraguay and Uruguay, from South America in the period 2000–2018. To achieve this, first, a bibliometric mapping was performed using the Web of Science (WoS) database. Second, the triple helix model was used to determine whether there are similar patterns or marked differences in the distribution of this type of publications in the helices of government, academia and industry.


The steps followed in this study were as follows: design and application of an algorithm to perform WoS downloads; download the publications using the country descriptor; process data using R and VOSviewer; design of a profile of the selected countries based on indicators; and use of the triple helix model to determine the weight of the scientific production.


The data found corroborate that the small technoscientific worlds examined do not have the minimum Science & Technology personnel nor the capabilities in infrastructure and technological equipment, and that expenditure in this area is minimal and for these reasons, the production in the WoS is low.


Studying the small technoscientific worlds from a bibliometric perspective allows generating inputs to diagnose the state of these countries in this area, as no evidence of similar studies in these countries was found in Scopus or the WoS. Likewise, examining scientific production from the triple helix model makes it possible to identify the weaknesses of each actor, and the results can contribute to the design of better public policies.



De la Vega, I.M. and Diaz Amorin, J. (2023), "Bibliometric mapping of techno-scientific systems of small Latin American worlds", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 59-79.



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