The output in life science disciplines from Spain and five other European countries has been measured in a datafile derived from theCurrent Contents-Life Sciences on diskette (1989). The results of this flash evaluation were contrasted with data retrieved from a survey covering the yearly output during the 1973–83 period and thee 1981–85 aggregated value from Schubert, Glänzel, Braun datafiles. The results of these studies showed an increasing share of Spain in the six countries' output, especially in the subfields of organic chemistry and phytochemistry. However, the quality of the Spanish articles—as deduced from the journal impact factors (JRC-1989)—is below the six countries average. The usefulness of the Current Contents on diskette for handy and reliable flash evaluations has been ascertained through a comparative analysis with more comprehensive surveys.
The aim of this work was to provide a rational frame for the design of scientific policies in MR infrastructure implementation. To this end, we have investigated the relationships between MR instruments, their scientific productivity or medical performance and several socio-economic, R&D or health care indicators in a Spanish and European context. The distribution of MR spectroscopy instruments among Spanish Autonomous Communities suggests that the allocation policy resulted from a compromise between the pull of demand based on regional strength in R&D activities and the push of convergence criteria to bring underdeveloped regions up to a national standard. On the whole, the average value for Spanish MR spectroscopy equipment (1.6 units per TRDP) was within the average value of 1.7 found in 6 European countries. The scientific productivity of these spectrometres in Spain (10.3 publications per unit), compares with the ratio (12.4) found in the United Kingdom and was above the six countries' average (8.3). Larger differences in productivity were observed between Spanish Autonomous Communities, suggesting the existence of important laguna in the distributive side of the allocation policy. Consistent with its socio-sanitary importance, the regional distribution of MR imaging equipment in Spain correlated with the number of sanitary personnel and regional population or wealth. The average number of installed units per million inhabitants in Spain (3.3) is very close to the average found in five European countries and the diagnostic procedures per installed units are close to the 5 countries' average values of 3400/year. However, the scientific productivity of MR imaging equipment in Spain (1.6 publications per installed unit in the five year period) was very low as compared with other European countries (3.7 on average). Higher diagnostic demand or lower publication pressures could explain these differences equally well. Our results suggest that increases in scientific productivity and medical performance of MR instrumentation in Spanish Autonomous Communities may not necessarily involve a net increase in the number of MR instruments but rather, improvements in the global socio-economic throughputs derived from the organisation of R&D and medical service policies.
Authors:Ángel Borrego, Maite Barrios, Anna Villarroya, and Candela Ollé
This paper analyses the scientific output and impact of 731 Ph.D. holders who were awarded their doctorate at Spanish universities
between 1990 and 2002. The aim was to identify any differences in the amount of scientific output and the impact of publications,
in terms of citations, according to gender. The analysis revealed no significant differences in the amount of scientific output
between males and females. However, the proportion of female Ph.D. holders with no postdoctoral output was significantly higher
than that of their male counterparts, and the median number of papers published after Ph.D. completion was also lower among
women. As regards pre- and postdoctoral research, the data showed that early scientific output may be a good predictor of
subsequent productivity in both gender groups. The results also indicated that articles by female Ph.D. holders were cited
significantly more often, even when self-citations were excluded.
Authors:Maite Barrios, Angel Borrego, Andreu Vilaginés, Candela Ollé, and Marta Somoza
The psychology of tourism is a new, multidisciplinary research field. However, no systematic analyses of the scientific production
in this field have been carried out to date. This study presents a bibliometric analysis of the area of psychology of tourism
between 1990 and 2005. The evolution of scientific production during this period, Price’s, Lotka’s and Bradford’s laws and
citation patterns were studied. The results show a significant growth in the literature on the subject, as well as an increase
in coauthorship and institutional collaboration. Bibliometric laws and empiric regularities observed in other disciplines
are also present in this new research field.
Authors:Anna Villarroya, Maite Barrios, Angel Borrego, and Amparo Frías
In this study we analyse gender equality in the preparation, supervision and defence of PhD theses in Spain in the period
The results indicate a tendency towards greater equality in the number of men and women successfully completing doctoral studies.
However, the gender imbalance among thesis supervisors and on thesis assessment boards is more apparent, with a predominance
of male academics. Moreover, the gender of the PhD student is clearly related to the gender of the supervisor, and both are
related to the gender of the members of the assessment boards of PhD theses in Spain.
Authors:Maria Pinto, José Luis Alonso Berrocal, José Antonio Cordón García, Viviana Fernández Marcial, Carlos García Figuerola, Javier García Marco, Camarero Carmen Gómez, and Rodríguez Ángel F. Zazo
Summary This work has analyzed and evaluated the dissemination of research done at Spanish universities through the World Wide Web (WWW) in order to obtain a map of the visibility of the information available on this research and to propose measures for improving the quality of this diffusion, all within the social and institutional context of the European Area for Higher Education. The methodology applied in the study has used both qualitative and quantitative research methods to obtain some quality indicators on the dissemination of university research. The object of study consists of a sample of 19 Spanish universities, chosen according to their representativeness by Autonomous Community and their administrative and scientific weight. The process of defining indicators, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as the collection and analysis of data, are explained. The results give us a detailed panorama of the state of the art of the visibility of information on research in the web pages of selected universities. This has allowed us to make certain proposals for improvement that can contribute to the excellence of its dissemination.