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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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SANTIN, Dirce Maria  and  CAREGNATO, Sônia Elisa. Participation of the Caribbean in regional science: a general overview and comparative analysis of Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.4, e1605.  Epub Feb 15, 2021. ISSN 2307-2113.

The Caribbean is a subregion of the American continent made up of 13 countries and 14 dependent territories characterized by great diversity. Despite its relevance, it has not been sufficiently explored in regional science studies. The objective of this paper was to analyze Caribbean science in the early 21st century based on inputs and outputs and scientometric indicators for activity, impact and specialization. The profiles of the most productive countries were compared and the contributions of the subregion to science in Latin America and the Caribbean were discussed. Results reveal a relevant though modest production and a great diversity in geographic and thematic distribution as well as in the profiles and scientific specialization of the countries according to the publication models. It is concluded that production in the Caribbean is relevant to the subregion's development and contributes to the diversification of regional science, not only in terms of topics and publication models, but also in relation to geographic distribution and the reduction of regional scientific inequalities.

Keywords : The Caribbean region; bibliometrics; scientific production; scientific specialization.

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