Innovation studies in Latin America: a bibliometric analysis


  • Jorge Tello Gamarra Federal University of Rio Grande
  • Ricardo Machado Leo Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Ariane Mello Avila Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Jonatas Wendland Federal University of Rio Grande



innovation studies, bibliometric analysis, latin america, scopus, web of science.


The article’s objective is to present a quantitative overview of innovation studies developed by Latin American authors. We adopted the bibliometric method to build the study, with data originated from the Scopus and Web of Science databases, covering 30 years (1987-2016). From this data analysis, we found out that innovation studies in Latin America, for long period, did not present a significant volume. However, this scenario has undergone changes, such as: (1) the growth in the volume of publications of the countries; (2) the relevant collaboration between Latin American countries and the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom; (3) and relevant presence of Brazilian authors and universities as the most productive in the region. Despite these changes, Latin America still falls behind the reference countries in the area, accounting for 2.75% of the worldwide bibliographic production on innovation in the databases analyzed.


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Gamarra, J. T., Leo, R. M., Avila, A. M., & Wendland, J. (2018). Innovation studies in Latin America: a bibliometric analysis. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 13(4), 24–36.



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