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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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ARENCIBIA-JORGE, Ricardo; PERALTA-GONZALEZ, María Josefa  and  PONJUAN-DANTE, Gloria. Impact of an information sciences doctoral program on Cuba's ranking in international databases. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.4, e1683.  Epub Feb 15, 2021. ISSN 2307-2113.

The year 2006 saw the onset of a project aimed at speeding up information sciences doctoral training in Cuba. The Scientific Information and Documentation Doctoral Program, developed by the University of Granada, Spain, and the University of Havana, graduated a total 50 Cuban and two Latin American PhDs in ten years. The project was geared to updating and strengthening research activity in the country, as well as increasing the publication of papers in scientific journals of broad international visibility. The purpose of the present study was to determine with a bibliometric approach the impact of this doctoral program on national scientific productivity levels and the country's regional and worldwide ranking in the field of library and information sciences. The country's ranking was found to have improved in the databases Web of Science and Scopus. Identification was made of the proportion of studies stemming from the doctoral program with respect to the total volume of Cuban scientific production about the specialty in the period 2006-2019. One third of the national scientific production in both databases was generated by graduates from the three groups making up the program. Cuba has thus been able to occupy in recent years a sustained position among the first 50 countries worldwide and the first five Latin American countries in the specialty.

Keywords : Doctoral training; scientific production; bibliometry; national bibliography; information sciences.

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