Information Science Consultant, Hospital General de Mexico Algeciras 43-A, Colonia Insurgentes Mixcoac Delegacion Benito Juarez C. P. 03920 Mexico D.F. (Mexico) C. P. 03920 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecologicas/UNAM, Torre II de Humanidades, pisos 12 y 13, Ciudad Universitaria Circuito Interior C.P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico) C.P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
Ciudad Universitaria, Circuito Interior Centro de Informacion Cientifica y Humanistica/UNAM C.P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico) C.P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
This work reports on the preliminary results of a bibliometric analysis of AIDS literature, as produced in or about Latin
America and the Caribbean for the period 1980–1996. Two international and two regional secondary sources were used in order
to obtain comparative analyses regarding for example, comprehensiveness of AIDS literature coverage and local/main frame visibility.
Less than 1000 records were retrieved from each of the databases searched. Leading countries in AIDSLINE were Haiti, Brasil,
Mexico and Puerto Rico. The distribution by year of publication showed a decrease in Haiti records, from 54 in 1983, to 4
in 1995. The rest of the countries either increased or maintained an average production throughout the years. Regional secondary
information sources were less current and comprehensive in the field. Further lines of research are described by the authors.