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A guide to finding scientific sources in Ibero-America

The Ibero-American Day of Science takes place on 28 November; it was launched last year during a meeting of science ministers within the framework of the Ibero-American Summit. On this occasion, we have compiled below several guides and databases maintained by universities, research centres and other science organisations that aim to help journalists in search of expert sources. Of course, this list is not comprehensive; if you have suggestions for other guides and sources—whether from Spain, Portugal or Latin America—that we could add, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can continue to expand this resource.

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The SciELO Network (Scientific Electronic Library Online), an open access digital library available in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, enables searches for scientific publications (and their authors) from various disciplines. Created in Brazil in 1997, it now includes collections from 16 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 

Carbon Brief's Global South Climate Database, launched with the support of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network at the Reuters Institute, includes over 1,000 experts from the Global South in the fields of climate science, climate policy and energy. Approximately a quarter of them speak Spanish. 

The Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) offers a directory of its members, all scientists in the Global South. The database can be filtered by country and discipline but does not provide direct contact details (OWSD gathers press inquiries via email).  


The National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) offers a search engine for institutes and human resources, which can be filtered by discipline.  

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The Agência Bori is a press service that connects journalists interested in Brazilian science. 

The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development offers a database of experts in Portuguese and English, with a contact form for each person.  


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On this page, we compile directories from different universities and academic institutions in Spain. We'd like to highlight the search engine of the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists (AMIT) which includes over 3,800 women, most of them in Spain. 

You can also search by topic or name in our online list of expert sources: it includes names, affiliations and previous SMC content in which these sources have collaborated. 

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