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An Pediatr (Barc). 2016 Dec;85(6):305-311. doi: 10.1016/j.anpedi.2016.01.005. Epub 2016 Feb 16.

[Contribution of Anales de Pediatría to the international visibility of Spanish paediatric research in the Web of Science (2010-2014)].

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Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación, Facultad de Medicina, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, España. Electronic address:
Departamento de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación, Facultad de Medicina, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, España.
Área de Gestión Clínica de Pediatría, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo, Asturias, España.



To describe the role of Anales de Pediatría in highlighting Spanish paediatric research, and to identify the journals with which it competes internationally.


Spanish paediatric articles, including those from Anales de Pediatría were identified using the Paediatrics category of the Science Citation Index (2010-2014), and their volume and document type was analysed. For original articles and review articles, the year, the citation and journal of publication was studied. The journals were classified as general and specialised. The productivity of general journals was analysed according to their language, JCR quartile, and article access.


A total of 2,701 Spanish paediatric papers were identified, accounting for 2.8% of the paediatrics world output. More than two-thirds (68%) of papers were articles that received an average number of 4.97 citations per article. The 965 papers published in Anales de Pediatría accounted for 38.7% of the Spanish paediatric output, and for 1% of the paediatric world publications. A mean of 1.03 citations per article were received for 439 (45.4%) articles and reviews. Of the 106 journals identified, 82 were classified as specialised (1,196 articles) and 24 as general (741 articles). Anales de Pediatría published 60% of the articles in general journals. The rest of articles (309) were published in general journals published in English (82.8%), with a best position in the JCR ranking (83.4%) and mainly by subscription (73.8%).


Anales de Pediatría plays an important role in providing international visibility to a large volume of Spanish scientific production in paediatrics. The results presented are a still only a snapshot of this role that could be used in the near future for assessing its evolution and the changes that could be made in order to improve its quality, positioning and competitiveness.


Anales de Pediatría; Bibliometrics; Bibliometría; Competitiveness; Competitividad; Factor de impacto; Journal impact factor; Producción científica; Scientific output

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