04.10.2019 -

LAUNCHED! 2019 EDITION of The State of Science Report - Main Ibero-American / Inter-American Indicators of Science and Technology

The 2019 edition of The State of Science Report - Main Ibero-American / Inter-American Indicators of Science and Technology is now available online.

The publication is a joint effort of the participating countries of RICYT the Ibero American / Interamerican Network of Science and Technolog Indicators, which provides the statistical information included in this volume. It is an active community of indicators experts, accompanied by different international organizations that support the network.

As in previous years, this edition has the support of the UNESCO Regional Office of Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Montevideo. Under the title "The State of Science in Images", in addition to the graphic analysis of the main indicators, this edition contains a series of studies that analyze different topics related to the current agenda around science, technology and innovation, that can be approached from a quantitative perspective.

The first chapter, developed by Mario Albornoz, Rodolfo Barrere, Natalia Bas and Juan Sokil, analyzes the results of an interesting and original survey of Latin American scientific articles related to the environment. The work manages to obtain information at the individual level and offers an interesting assessment of the different modalities of linking with the non-academic environment. Secondly, under the title of “Pathways of change in the evaluation of scientific production: towards a balanced portfolio”, Daniel Samoilovich and Paola Andrea Ramírez focus on one of the edges of “open science”. The authors analyze why a change in the evaluation mechanisms is necessary and desirable. Finally, in the article “Climate change and public opinion in Latin America,” Carmelo Polino makes a detailed analysis of a topic that is today critical and controversial at the regional and global levels, after a process of data normalization, and taking advantage of the comparable information available in the Latin American public perception surveys. The book is completed with the series of RICYT comparative indicators of investment, human resources, graduates, publications and patents, according to the information provided by the National Organizations of Science and Technology that participate in the network.

Online publication, open access.

Spanish version, here

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