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Health Info Libr J. 2015 Dec;32(4):276-86. doi: 10.1111/hir.12110. Epub 2015 Jul 20.

Identification of biomedical journals in Spain and Latin America.

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1
Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, Institute of Biomedical Research (IIB Sant Pau), CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
2
Centro Colaborador Cochrane de Ecuador, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud Eugenio Espejo, Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Quito, Ecuador.
3
Programa de Salud Basada en Evidencia, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
4
Departamento de Medicina Interna, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fundación Epistemonikos, Santiago, Chile.
5
National Coordinating Centre of Clinical Trials, Havana, Cuba.
6
Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
7
Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Centro de Información para Decisiones en Salud Pública (CENIDSP), México D.F, México.
8
Department of Research Methodology, National Institute of Pediatrics, México D.F, México.
9
IHCAI Foundation, Centro Colaborador Centroamericano de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, San José, Costa Rica.
10
Universidad Católica Boliviana, San Pablo, Santa Cruz, Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia.
11
Departamento de Anestesiología e Instituto de Investigación, Clínica Universitaria Colombia, Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia.
12
Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, Valencia, Venezuela.
13
Centro Colaborador Guatemalteco de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, Fundación Oxlajuj N'oj, Centro de Investigaciones de las Ciencias de la Salud (CICS), Facultad de Ciencias Médicas Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala.
14
Centro Colaborador Panameño de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
15
Sociedad Científica del Paraguay, Grupo Asociado Paraguayo de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Asunción, Paraguay.
16
Centro colaborador Peruano de la Red Cochrane Iberomamericana, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú
17
Centro Colaborador Uruguayo de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Journals in languages other than English that publish original clinical research are often not well covered in the main biomedical databases and therefore often not included in systematic reviews. This study aimed to identify Spanish language biomedical journals from Spain and Latin America and to describe their main features.

METHODS:

Journals were identified in electronic databases, publishers' catalogues and local registries. Eligibility was determined by assessing data from these sources or the journals' websites, when available.

FINDINGS:

A total of 2457 journals were initially identified; 1498 met inclusion criteria. Spain (27.3%), Mexico (16.0%), Argentina (15.1%) and Chile (11.9%) had the highest number of journals. Most (85.8%) are currently active; 87.8% have an ISSN. The median and mean length of publication were 22 and 29 years, respectively. A total of 66.0% were indexed in at least one database; 3.0% had an impact factor in 2012. A total of 845 journals had websites (56.4%), of which 700 (82.8%) were searchable and 681 (80.6%) free of charge.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most of the identified journals have no impact factor or are not indexed in any of the major databases. The list of identified biomedical journals can be a useful resource when conducting hand searching activities and identifying clinical trials that otherwise would not be retrieved.

KEYWORDS:

America, South; Europe, South-West; citation analysis; clinical trials; database searching; journals

PMID:
26192997
DOI:
10.1111/hir.12110
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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