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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Science, Technology and Innovation in Latin America in the Journal of Scientometric Research

Special Issue on Science, Technology and Innovation in Latin America in
Journal of Scientometric Research


Guest Editors: Jacqueline Leta & Kizi AraujoIn the last decades, we have
witnessed a strong global growth of science, technology and innovation, as
a result of the expansion of investment in human resources and
infrastructure for the sector. These efforts, however, did not take place
in a balanced way and resulted in greater gaps and a more intense division
between countries: producers of knowledge and technology on one side and
consumers on the other.
This unbalanced picture led to the establishment of a collaborative model,
known as North-South, where the South, that embraces consumers or
peripheral countries, establishes strong links with the North, or central
countries, in order to overcome its internal deficiencies in science,
technology and innovation. In this context Latin America presents itself as
a region with little tradition in the sector. Some indicators extracted
from the report organized by RICYT in 2019, entitled “El estado de la
ciencia: main indicators of Ibero-American / Inter-American science and
technology 2019”, illustrate this scenario for 2017: (a) investments in
science, technology in the region represent 3.1% of all global investment
(European countries invest around 22%), (b) the region has 3.7% of the
world's researchers (Europe has 30%) and (c) similar shares are seen for
the number of scientific publications and patents.
Noteworthy highlighting the central role of universities, especially in the
public sector, as the main drivers of scientific and technological
activities in Latin America: they concentrate almost 60% of researchers in
the region and they have strong financial support from the public sector,
which corresponds to 58%. It is also worth mentioning the region's internal
inequalities in all sectors and also in science, technology and innovation,
where Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, assume central roles with investment
rates, human resources and have much higher production than the region's
average.
Despite recent efforts, Latin America’s current picture points to the need
to strengthen the collaborative projects already established with central
countries as a way to enlarge the training for and visibility of the
region’s scientific and technology activities within global science. On the
other hand, this picture also raises discussions on the need for Latin
American governments to seek internal strategies, such as the expansion of
South-South relations, that may lead to a greater local and regional
development as well as to a reduction of the region’s level of scientific
and technological dependency and to the establishment of a common agenda
focused on the peculiarities and demands of the region, especially in
health sciences.
Recently, global public health crises, such as Zika and COVID-19, have
reinforced the strategic character of the whole system of science,
technology and innovation in the production of quick and joint responses.
At times like these, local competencies may become protagonists and so can
break barriers, altering significantly the producer-consumer model of new
knowledge.
Considering this brief introduction, this special issue of the Journal of
Scientometric Research
(JSCIRes) will welcome
studies in the Latin America context, including comparative or case
studies, with the following subjects:

- ST&I indicators, mainly in the field of health sciences or in emerging
themes;
- ST&I policies and the impact on reducing local and regional
inequalities for the sector;
- Scientific collaboration, with emphasis on local and regional
relations;
- Open access, Consolidation of local or regional databases,
Multilingualism, among other topics to enhance visibility and
internationalization;
- Alternative indicators, such as social media metrics, and the impact
and influence of the scientific and technological activities in the
virtual
environment.



Submission GuidelinesTo submit the full manuscript, authors should read
carefully the journal instructions and requirements in terms of length,
reference style. Submissions can be made using the following links:
https://www.journalonweb.com/jscires/
Full manuscript to be considered for publication in the Special issue of
“Science Technology Innovation and Development in Latin America”.
Submission of a full manuscript does not indicate automatic acceptance for
the present special issue.
All full manuscripts to be considered for the special issue must be
submitted through the online submission system and are subjected to
double-blind peer review and inclusion in the Special Issue will be
determined on a final acceptance decision by the Editor-in-Chief on the
basis of peer reviews and recommendations made by the Guest Editors.

Important Dates

- Abstract submission deadline: 15th July 2020 (to be sent to the
Guest Editors, guesteditors.latinamerica@gmail.com)
- Decision by Guest Editors: 31st July 2020
- Full paper submission deadline: 31st October 2020

(Should be submitted to the online journal submission system. In the
Submission under this Special Issue. Paper should have a running title
STI-Latin America, in the article file. If in any case Authors are not able
to submit under Special Issue Login, then submit through the main
submission of the journal.) Please follow the Guideline (a & b) of the
Journal in submitting abstract and full paper (paper can be submitted in
different categories (Perspective paper, Research note, etc). Abstract
should follow the guideline of the research article. While submitting full
paper, in the cover letter and in the main manuscript first page above the
title indicate the category if it is other than a research article.

- Instructions to authors:
http://www.jscires.org/content/instructions-authors
- Guide for authors: http://www.jscires.org/content/guide-authors
- Review Process to be completed: 10th January, 2021
- Publication of the issue: February/March 2021

For any query/correspondence: guesteditors.latinamerica[@]gmail.com

Further Details

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Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9490-7938
Web: www.anupkumardas.blogspot.com
Twitter: @AannuuppK | @IndiaSTS
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