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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

versión On-line ISSN 2307-2113


ESPINO HERNANDEZ, María; BANOS BENITEZ, Anabel; VICTORES, María Emilia  y  VALDES ROQUE, Yohandra. Metric analysis of scientific production in the journal Overview of Cuban Health Care "Panorama Cuba y Salud", 2006-2011. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.3, pp.229-242. ISSN 2307-2113.

Objective: Characterize the content of the journal "Panorama Cuba y Salud" and the scientific production of its authors. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted of the journal "Panorama Cuba y Salud" from June 2006 to December 2011. The sample consisted of 95 scientific papers and 1 973 bibliographic references. The variables analyzed were papers per year, average number of references per paper, document typology of citations, distribution by language, currency of the bibliography according to Price's index, research topic and type of study, productivity of authors, number of signatures, rate of collaboration, affiliation of authors, gender, and academic and scientific category. Results: The largest number of papers corresponded to the years 2009 and 2010, with 20 each. Average number of references per paper was 20.8. According to the document typology of sources, printed journals predominated (59.4%), followed by books (16.6%). Original papers about descriptive studies were predominant with 64 (67.4%). Most authors (87.5%) were classed as transient. Thirteen researchers, who generated 190 signatures, were in charge of 48.4% of the papers published in the period. Conclusions: The bibliometric indicators in the journal "Panorama Cuba y Salud" are comparable to those in other Cuban and foreign health journals. It is necessary to maintain a balance between the document typology of the sources consulted by authors and their quality according to the topic profile of the journal. It is also important to increase the number of original papers about analytical and interventionist studies, and maintain a reasonable balance between national and foreign authors, to broaden the geographic coverage of the journal so that it becomes a permanent forum for the discussion of research results.

Palabras clave : bibliometry; bibliometric indicators; journal paper; biomedical research.

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