Another Nobel Prize, when? - Determining the patterns that govern the careers of Colombia's scientific elit

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Zuckerman's seminal work studied the U.S. scientific elite, understood as Nobel Prize winners. The importance of studying the contributions of the scientific elite lies in understanding their collective contribution to the advancement of knowledge and their career patterns. The problem with this approach to scientific elites according to criteria of exceptionality (i.e., Nobel Prize) is the exclusion of local elites, understood as individuals who have impacted one or more disciplines or fields of knowledge significantly and have been evaluated and awarded by their peers according to criteria of exceptionality of their contribution to knowledge, even if this does not directly mean being awarded under Nobel Prize standards. Consequently, does this mean that no Colombian has made high-impact contributions to a given discipline or field of study? Consequently, this study seeks to contribute to the most recent advances in scientometrics from an approach of the careers of researchers and their understanding at the individual level in order to promote high impact research by detecting the patterns that govern the production of such research. The winners of the Alejandro Angel Escobar Award, the most reputable science award in Colombia, will be taken as a reference of the local scientific elite. The methodology to be used in this project is quantitative. The methods are: social network analysis, data visualization, and equation modeling. The data will come from secondary sources: PAAE websites, Wikipedia about the researchers, institutions to which they are affiliated, CvLAC of MinCiencias, and bibliographic databases such as Scopus or Web of Science (WoS).


Zioncytometry; CTi; research evaluation; scientific mapping; Colombia

Commitments / Obligations

A virtual presentation of the preliminary research results at a national congress.
2.A virtual presentation of preliminary research results at an international congress.
An article indexed in WoS/Scopus in journals located in the Q1-Q2 quartiles, such as Scientometrics or Research Policy.
Effective start/end date2/15/212/15/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Seed Capital


  • Bogotá D.C.


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