The structure and infrastructure of Mexico's science and technology

Ronald N. Kostoff, J. Antonio del Río, Héctor D. Cortés, Charles Smith, Andrew Smith, Caroline Wagner, Loet Leydesdorff, George Karypis, Guido Malpohl, Rene Tshiteya

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The structure and infrastructure of the Mexican technical literature was determined. A representative database of technical articles was extracted from the Science Citation Index for the year 2002, with each article containing at least one author with a Mexican address. Many different manual and statistical clustering methods were used to identify the structure of the technical literature (especially the science and technology core competencies). One of the pervasive technical topics identified from the clustering, thin films research, was analyzed further using bibliometrics, in order to identify the infrastructure of this technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)798-814
Number of pages17
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2005

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Funding Information:
The component of work on this paper conducted in Mexico has been partially supported by CONACyT-FOMIX 9250.


  • Bibliometrics
  • Computational linguistics
  • Concept clustering
  • Core competencies
  • Data compression
  • Document clustering
  • Factor analysis
  • Greedy string tiling
  • Leximancer
  • Mexico
  • Network analysis
  • Research evaluation
  • Science and technology


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