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Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Jan;26(1):81-4. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.09.010. Epub 2015 Oct 23.

Externalities and article citations: experience of a national public health journal (Gaceta Sanitaria).

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1
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Madrid, Spain. Electronic address: alberto.ruano@usc.es.
2
CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Madrid, Spain; Public Health Research Group, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
3
Subdirectorate-General for Health Promotion and Prevention, Madrid Regional Health Authority, Madrid, Spain.
4
Tobacco Control Unit, Institut Català d'Oncologia, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain; Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Medicine, Campus de Bellvitge, Universitat de Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain.
5
CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Madrid, Spain; Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
6
CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESP, Madrid, Spain; Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the study was to analyze the determinants of citations such as publication year, article type, article topic, article selected for a press release, number of articles previously published by the corresponding author, and publication language in a Spanish journal of public health.

METHODS:

Observational study including all articles published in Gaceta Sanitaria during 2007-2011. We retrieved the number of citations from the ISI Web of Knowledge database in June 2013 and also information on other variables such as number of articles published by the corresponding author in the previous 5 years (searched through PubMed), selection for a press release, publication language, article type and topic, and others.

RESULTS:

We included 542 articles. Of these, 62.5% were cited in the period considered. We observed an increased odds ratio of citations for articles selected for a press release and also with the number of articles published previously by the corresponding author. Articles published in English do not seem to increase their citations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Certain externalities such as number of articles published by the corresponding author and being selected for a press release seem to influence the number of citations in national journals.

KEYWORDS:

Bibliometrics; Editorial policies; Journal impact factor

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PMID:
26596957
DOI:
10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.09.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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