Bibliometric Analysis of Citations and Downloads in Information Science Based on the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
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Submitted : 2023-06-25
Accepted : 2023-07-10
Published : 2023-07-25


Bibliometric indicators contribute to the understanding of science as a whole, supporting the decision-making process of funding agencies, research and development and postgraduate programs. There are different bibliometric indicators, among them, the rates of citations and downloads. It happens that, sometimes, correlation is attributed to these two indices. This study aims to evaluate, in the light of theses and dissertations registered in the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations of the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology, whether there is a correspondence between the number of citations and downloads, considering the context of the scientific production of the programs of Information Science in Brazil. Therefore, a research with a quantitative methodological approach is adopted, with bibliometrics and descriptive statistics technique for data analysis. The study found that the number of theses and dissertations downloads is much higher than the number of citations. However, from the data presented, it is not possible to say that theses and dissertations with the highest number of downloads are those with the highest number of citations. Likewise, it is not possible to say that the most cited theses and dissertations are the most sought after in the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.


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