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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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ESTRADA HERNANDEZ, Margarita  y  CRISTANCHO MARULANDA, Sergio. The scientific information on mental health research at the University of Antioquia, Colombia. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2014, vol.25, n.1, pp.4-23. ISSN 2307-2113.

This paper describes the dynamics of scientific information on the mental health research developed at the University of Antioquia, in 2011. Objectives: the aim of this estudy was to identify needs, availability, use, dissemination and visibility of project information research. Methods: it was a descriptive and quantitative study whose analysis units were represented by 51 researchers, 488 published papers and 14 databases. A survey was applied and a direct review of the sources of information was conducted made. Results: the results indicate that mental disorders (14%), addictions (10%), violence (7%), and adolescent studies (3%) are the main topics of interest for participants. 78% of the available research journals are indexed in databases such as Web of Science and Scopus. The quality rate of referencing journals is high (73%). The spread is mainly effected by published items (72%) in indexed journals in Publindex (78%). Out of the articles published, 33% are indexed in four international sources, indicating the level of international visibility. Conclusions: the need for information is focused on issues related to mental disorders and psychosocial problems; the University of Antioquia has a wide range of specialized information, however there is significant lack of knowledge by the researchers. These researchers generally used high quality information, but the publication sources are very local, making the visibility in the international context very limited.

Palabras clave : scientific production; mental health; scientific information; University of Antioquia; information needs; use of the information.

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