Internacionalization of scientific production in Biological Sciences at UFRGS: 2000-2011

The aim of the article was to analyze the internationalization of scientific publications in Biological Sciences at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul from 2000 to 2011 in journals indexed by Web of Science. This is a bibliometric study and internationalization was examined under three main dimensions: international diffusion, collaboration and impact. The international diffusion indicators show strong preference for foreign journals and the English language. The articles were published in journals from 37 different countries and the percentage of documents published in foreign journals was 81.9%. The international collaboration indicators reveal the prevalence of co-authorship in the publication of research results. International collaboration occurred in 22.4% of articles with the collaboration of 84 countries, particularly the United States, United Kingdom Argentina, Germany and France. The international impact indicators reveal a significant set of citing documents of scientific production, primarily consisting of articles published in foreign journals in English. International citing documents accounted for 77.8% from 168 different countries, particularly from the United States, United Kingdom, China and Germany. The results reveal that Biological Sciences at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul follow the trends of international publication and are in agreement with research conducted throughout the world. However, internationalization of scientific production does not occur regularly considering international diffusion, collaboration and impact.