Communication models of scientists from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) working in different fields - A project proposal

by Jane M. Russell
Liberman, Sofia and Reyna-Espinosa,
Felipe Rafael

Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Torre II de Humanidades, pisos 12 y 13, 04510 México, DF, México
Tel: (52) 5 623.0363 Fax: (52) 5 623.0365

The presentation describes the first results of a project designed to develop communication models for the dissemination of original research results by scientists working in different fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). In order to achieve this the presence of UNAM research in different fields of knowledge in multidisciplinary bibliographic databases such as the mainstream Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index and the Latin American files PERIÓDICA and CLASE will be analysed. The characteristics of the channels used for the communication of research results will be analysed using the annual reports of different institutions within the UNAM as well as through examination of the curriculum vitae of the researchers working in these institutes. Communication variables to be studied include: type of medium (oral, print or electronic); communication purpose (preliminary communication, progress report, etc.), type of audience; scope (local, national, regional, etc.); visibility; immediacy (direct contact with the audience, through electronic media, etc.); refereed or non-refereed, etc.. The effect of parameters related to the distinct research objectives and methodologies of the various disciplinary fields on publication patterns will be ascertained by carrying out interviews with researchers from the different areas. Of special interest is the influence of national and foreign collaborators on the choice of dissemination channels. The final objective of the project is to suggest ways of evaluating the work of these scientists using the published product as an important indicator of scientific performance.

February 2000

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