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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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ZACCA GONZALEZ, Grisel. Cuban scientific output about Medicine in SCImago Institutions Rankings: thematic distribution, impact and international collaboration. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.1, e1623.  Epub Mar 01, 2021. ISSN 2307-2113.

Health research is the cornerstone of effective, efficient health systems. Its evaluation should therefore include an assessment of the country's scientific output. The purpose of the study was to characterize the Cuban scientific output about medicine in terms of its topic distribution, productivity, impact and international collaboration. To achieve this end, a bibliometric study was conducted about medicine and the categories making it up. The database used was SCImago Institutions Rankings based on Scopus data from the period 2012-2017. The bibliometric indicators found were quantitative (based on document counts), impact (based on the number of citations) and international collaboration (co-authorships with overseas authors). Cuban scientific output about medicine consists of a total 6 191 contributions, of which 83.4% are original papers and 7.40% are review papers. The best represented categories are public health, occupational and environmental medicine (17.56%), health policies (10.73%), allergy and immunology (7.30%) and infectious diseases (6.69%). Family medicine is scantly represented. Clinical neurology, microbiology and infectious diseases stand out in terms of impact and international collaboration. It is concluded that the country makes a greater effort in the categories of health sciences. Considering the leadership of primary health care in the national health system and the leading causes of death, it is necessary to enhance the actions aimed at strengthening publication in the fields of cardiology and oncology.

Keywords : Scientific output; medicine; bibliometric indicators; subject categories; Cuba.

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