Scientific Information Program

The purpose of the Scientific Information Program is to strengthen and guarantee access to national and international scientific information for research, education, and innovation. This is achieved through initiatives of high public value, such as the management of the National Infrastructure of Access to Scientific and Technological Information, which turns the Program into a reference point on the management of scientific information.

Director: Patricia Muñoz P.

Budget 2013: USD 13,68 millones

Line of Action: 

  • Bolstering the visibility of Chilean scientific production and measuring its quality and impact.
  • Diversifying the mechanisms of access to scientific information as a component of R+D activities.
  • Designing instruments that will allow the reutilization and management of scientific information and research data.

Funding Instruments

  • Scientific Information Electronic Library, BEIC. It provides online access to the whole content of over 5,900 scientific journals on more than one hundred fields of study (
  • SciELO-Chile. The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) is a collection of 91 Chilean scientific journals, with full and free text accessibility through the Ibero–American SciELO Network (
  • Institutional Repository. It contains the results of research that was generated in projects and/or studies that have been funded by CONICYT. It provides access to the whole content of more than 4,000 documents (
  • RedCiencia. It is the scientific cooperation initiative with the highest impact among Spanish–speaking researchers, and is presently active in more than 15 Latin American countries (
  • Researchers’ Portal. It offers up–to–date information on researchers and their scientific productivity. This information is useful for finding national peers as part of a research project, and for learning about cooperation initiatives among researchers (
  • Productivity Portal. It monitors Chilean scientific production on international sources, such as the Web of Knowledge (previously known as ISI) and Scopus (
  • Fund for the Publishing of Chilean Scientific Journals. It provides funds for Chilean scientific journals of high quality and of international circulation. Since 1988, it has provided support for 453 projects.
  • Fund for the Study of Pluralism in the National Information System. Since 2009, it issues competitive calls to finance research on communications that favors the expression of social, cultural, political, and regional diversity.


  • Expansion of BEIC to 30 new institutions. Currently, users from 58 universities and research centers have free access to scientific information in over 5,900 journals, thanks to CONICYT funding.
  • “Main Bibliometric Indicators in Chilean Scientific Activity: 2012 Report,” a study conducted by SCImago Research Group. It analyzed the 2006–2010 period, classified Chilean scientific research, and compared Chile’s bibliometric data with that of other countries of the region and with the world average.
  • “Assessment of the SciELO–Chile Program,” conducted by the SCImago Research Group. It measured the quality of the collection and its impact on teachers and the Chilean and international scientific communities, as well as the efficiency of the public agency that is in charge of maintaining it. This evaluation will be useful for redesigning guidelines that will enhance the quality of Chilean journals.
  • Political agreement for the establishment of the Latin American Network of Scientific Documentation Repositories, which emerged from “LA Referencia” project, where CONICYT participates since 2011 through its Scientific Information Program.



  • José Miguel Aguilera


  • Fernanda Falabella
  • Andrés Gomberoff
  • Nicolás Luco
  • Domingo Mery
  • Miguel O`Ryan