Preliminary bibliometric evaluation of scientific publications produced in Latin America in the field of tropical and infectious diseases using SciELO

Autores: Rodríguez Morales Alfonso J, Mayta Tristán Percy


Globally, scientific advancement in developing countries relies on many factors and can be evaluated through different means and instruments. In recent years, interest has increased in the ability of publications, commonly measured through different, bibliometric parameters, to estimate the number of available publications and published papers, as well as their usefulness for other researchers globally and regionally. Although most scientific journals in Latin America are not currently indexed in major databases such as Index Medicus/Medline, Excerpta Medica/Embase and Science Citation Index (SCI-ISI), new World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)-supported regional databases have emerged as a result of the need for both bibliographical systems for quality qualification and access to full-text articles from these journals. The SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) initiative is one of these databases. SciELO currently comprises 555 journals; 12,140 issues; 182,737 articles; and 3,581,734 citations. Recently, new statistics that enable the analysis of the extent and impact of these regional initiatives tools have been available in this system. Currently this database is the only instrument to measure the impact of such journals because most of them are not indexed in other major databases including SCI-ISI. In other regions such as Asia and Africa, other initiatives have been developed, particularly in Asia where a significant number of journals are indexed in major databases.

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Vol. 3 Núm.3. Abril 2009 Pags. 247-249. J Infect Developing Countries 2009; 3(3)