Evaluation of the scientific impact, productivity and biological age based upon the h-index in three Latin American countries: the materials science case



We discuss the scientific impact of Latin American scientists in the field of materials science. The analysis is based on the h-index as the scientometric index used to quantify the scientific productivity of an individual. In particular, we focus our analysis in México, Chile and Colombia. We compare the level of productivity between all these countries. We also analyzed the h-index as function of the biological age, by using the first year of publication of a given scientists as a reference and discussed the general distribution of its quantification. We do not find a clear relationship between these two quantities. Based in our results we propose some political measures that these countries could implement to improve productivity as well as scientific development in this field.