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  • 1 Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Biblioteca de Ciencias Exactas, Av. IPN 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, c.p, 07000 Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, Mexico City (Mexico)
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The publication and citation patterns of the Mexican community in elementary particle physics (MEPP) were determined by bibliometric analysis of the scientific production and citations registered in the SPIRES-HEP system from 1971 to 2000. All papers, both citing and cited, were classified as theoretical, phenomenological or experimental according to the type of study carried out and citing papers as local (Mexican) or foreign. The growth dynamics of the citation patterns over the thirty-year period was also studied. Results show that the Mexican scientific community in EPP follow the pre-publication and pre-citation communication patterns typical of a Big Science field.

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