The objective of this study is to assess the use and acceptance of the 'AAC' term in studies published in international journals in the field of AAC, as well as to attain a comprehensive overview of the publication output in the international literature on AAC.
The analysis was based on the bibliometric method, which allowed us to quantify scientific production and dissemination of knowledge both qualitatively and statistically. For this, the Scopus database was employed as a relevant search engine for scientific papers related to AAC.
Since 1994, the use of the term 'Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)' prevails, as suggested by the committee responsible for the standardization of the terminology to be used in the area. There was an upward trend in the number of papers on AAC which points to the relevance of the topic. Furthermore, it was possible to identify the predominance of the United States as the country with the highest number of publications on the topic, with such publications concentrated in the areas of medicine and other health-related fields. AAC is also viewed as a relevant resource for the learning process, and publications where the subject matter is learning yielded fourth place in relevance.
There has been verified an international acceptance of the AAC terminology. The majority of the scientific production on AAC is concentrated in health-related fields.