International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Development of bibliometrics in Colombia

Cristina Restrepo Arango*
  • Cristina Restrepo Arango*
  • Programa de Posgrado en Bibliotecología y Estudios de la Información Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
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Rubén Urbizagástegui Alvarado
  • Rubén Urbizagástegui Alvarado
  • Library and Information Science, University of California at Riverside, Science Library, Riverside, CA 92521 – 5900, USA.
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  •  Received: 08 April 2015
  •  Accepted: 06 October 2015
  •  Published: 30 November 2015


The literature on bibliometrics published by Colombian and foreign authors who selected Colombian academic journals or events held in the country to communicate their findings is analyzed. The publications by Colombian researchers published abroad were also collected and analyzed. The type of documents used by researchers, the journals most used, and the languages used for communicating their findings were also studied. The growth of the literature, the network of co-authorships, the more productive authors, and scientific fields most researched were also analyzed. It was found 255 papers were published in academic journals, most of them in Spanish language; 77% of authors have published just one document, while 23% of them made between 2 and 24 contributions. The production of this kind of literature is concentrated in the last decade as well as the collabortion behavior of authors. The literature is growing in an exponential form at a rate of 20% per year and doubling in size every 4 years. Network analysis identified  six research groups in the country.


Key words: Bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, Colombia, co-authorship.