Special Issue "The Emergence of the BRIC Countries on the World Stage: Bibliometric Perspectives"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016).

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Dangzhi Zhao Website E-Mail
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, 3-20 Rutherford South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J4 Canada
Interests: information systems; bibliometrics; scholarly communication; knowledge network analysis and visualization as well as their application in information retrieval and digital libraries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The importance of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) on the world stage has been increasing in all areas—politics and economics, as well as science and technology. As a result, studies on their emergence have been flourishing, including bibliometric studies. For example, it has been found that research output in China has been growing so fast that it is expected to soon surpass that of the USA. There have also been quite a few bibliometric studies on the performance of these countries in individual research fields, such as bioinformatics, nano-science and technology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as studies on research systems and policies in these countries, such as research funding strategies.

This Special Issue aims to provide a systematic and updated examination of the emergence of the BRIC countries on the world stage from bibliometric perspectives. In addition to comprehensive analyses of the development of science, technology, and innovation in these countries over time, and their interplay with science policies in comparison with other parts of the world, it is also important to carefully examine data sources and research methods to make such comparisons are meaningful and accurate. For example, there has been a concerted effort to increase the coverage of Chinese content in both Web of Science and Scopus in the past few years. How should this artificial increase be taken into account when analyzing longitudinal trends of publication output using these data sources? It should also be interesting to study and discuss the political, industrial, economical, and other implications of the development of science, technology, and innovation in these countries. Other ideas on the theme of this Special Issue are also welcomed and encouraged.

Dangzhi Zhao
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Bibliometrics
  • BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China)
  • Research evaluation
  • Research output
  • Research impact
  • Science, technology, and innovation
  • Coverage of citation databases
  • Intellectual structures of research fields
  • Research trends

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Publishing Patterns in BRIC Countries: A Network Analysis
Publications 2016, 4(3), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4030020 - 15 Jul 2016
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How similar are the publishing patterns of among Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) in comparison with other countries? This is a question that we addressed by using networks as a tool to analyze the structure of similarities and disparities between countries. [...] Read more.
How similar are the publishing patterns of among Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries) in comparison with other countries? This is a question that we addressed by using networks as a tool to analyze the structure of similarities and disparities between countries. We analyzed the number of publications from 2006 to 2015 that are reported by SCImago Journal and Country Rank. With this information, we created a network in order to find the closest countries to BRIC ones, and also to find communities of similar countries favoring data analysis. We found that Brazil, China and Russia are not that close to the core cluster of countries that are more diversified. In opposition, India is closer to a community of countries that are more diverse in terms of publishing patterns. Furthermore, we found that, for different network topologies, Brazil acts as a bridge to connect developing countries and that Russia practices patterns that tend to isolate it from most of the countries. Full article
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