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Theoretical High Energy Physics in Latin America from 1990 to 2012: a Statistical Study


We present a statistical overview of the publications in theoretical high energy physics (HEP), which emerged in Latin America (LA) in the period between 1990 and 2012. Our study captures the eight Latin American nations, which are dominant in this field of research: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay and Cuba. As an intercontinental benchmark, we compare them with India, Canada, South Korea, Belgium and South Africa. We consider the productivity of research papers in specialized high-impact journals, and the corresponding numbers of citations. In addition we investigate how these records are correlated with three socio-economic indices: the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Education Index (EI).