May 17, 2022

New Article: “A Bibliometric Mapping of Open Educational Resources”

The following article appears in the latest issue of The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) published by the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta.


A Bibliometric Mapping of Open Educational Resources


Airton Zancanar
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

José Leomar Todesco
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Fernando Ramos
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal


The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Vol. 16, No. 1 (2015)


Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality and openness, both in face to face and distance education.

The goal of this research is to map publications related to OER, dating from 2002 to 2013, and available through the Web of Science and Scopus scientific databases as well as in the OER Knowledge Cloud open repository.

Data were used to explore relevant aspects related to the scientific production in OER, such as: (i) number of publications per year; (ii) most cited publications; (iii) authors with higher number of publications; (iv) institutions and countries with more publications and (v) most referenced bibliography by the authors. The analysis has included 544 papers, written by 843 authors, from 338 institutions, from 61 different countries.

Moreover, the analysis has included the publications referenced and the author’s keywords, considering 6,355 different publications and 929 different keywords. Besides presenting a bibliographic mapping of the research on OER, this paper also intends to contribute to consolidate the idea that OER is a promising field for researchers, in line with the spreading of the Open movement.

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