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A bibliometric methodology to unveil territorial inequities in the scientific wealth to combat COVID-19

Giovanni Abramo () and Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo ()
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Giovanni Abramo: National Research Council
Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo: National Research Council

Scientometrics, 2021, vol. 126, issue 8, No 11, 6624 pages

Abstract: Abstract In this paper we develop a methodology to assess the scientific wealth of territories at field level. Our methodology uses a bibliometric approach based on the observation of academic research performance and overall scientific production in each territory. We apply it to assess disparities in the Italian territories in the medical specialties at the front line of the COVID-19 emergency. Italy has been the first among western countries to be severely affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reveals remarkable inequities across territories, with scientific weaknesses concentrated in the south. Policies for rebalancing the north–south divide should also consider, in addition to tangible assets, the gap in production and availability of quality medical knowledge.

Keywords: Research systems; Research performance; Knowledge capital; Medical specialties; Coronavirus; Bibliometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-021-04017-7

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