a metric study was made of the scientific production of cuba in the period 2000-2005, based on the scientific publications edited by the ministries of education and the ministry of higher education. the productivity and scientific cooperation of the researchers and institutions included in the analysis were studied. the following programs were used in the compilation, processing and mapping of the results: endnote 9, bibexcel and ucinet 6. among the studied publications, educación and revista cubana de psicología stand out as the most productive. likewise, “enrique josé varona” higher pedagogical institute and the university of las villas were the most prolific institutions. there is little scientific collaboration between the educational and research centres, the core of the academic work in social sciences, as well as among the most productive researchers. likewise, there were problems associated with the quality of the scientific publications that limited the scope of the investigation. finally, the scientific categories and the most representative genre in the scientific community of social sciences were analyzed.