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Temas em Psicologia

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WACHELKE, João; MATOS, Fabíola Rodrigues; FERREIRA, Gustavo Cerchi Soares  and  COSTA, Rafaela Rannelle de Lima. An overview of the literature related to social representations published in scientific journals. Temas psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.2, pp. 293-308. ISSN 1413-389X.

The present study aims at characterizing part of the academic production on social representations published in scientific journals, so as to provide information about the development and current state of the field. In August and September 2013 2526 abstracts of papers published in journals indexed in four databases were retrieved, all of which were about social representations. For each abstract registers were made concerning the country in which the first author's institution was located, publication year, journal discipline and categorized information relative to the studied group and social objects. The results confirmed and expanded previously conducted meta-analyses, giving evidence of a contrast between applied studies in the health area involving related groups and objects, more typical from South America and Brazil, and psychosocial research linked to the psychology field and carried out mostly by European researchers. A considerable increase in the importance of the participation of Brazilian and South American authors relative to the total production was also noticed, replacing authors from European institutions as leaders according to that criterion.

Keywords : Social representations; scientific production; bibliographic research; Bibliometrics.

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