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Title: Indexation of psychiatric journals from low- and middle-income countries: a survey and a case study
Authors: Kieling, Christian
Herrman, Helen
Patel, Vikram
Mari, Jair de Jesus [UNIFESP]
Univ Fed Rio Grande do Sul
Univ Melbourne
London Sch Hyg & Trop Med
Sangath Ctr
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: Indexed psychiatric journals
low- and middle-income countries
psychiatric research
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2009
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: World Psychiatry. Milano: Elsevier Masson, v. 8, n. 1, p. 40-44, 2009.
Abstract: There is a marked underepresentation of low- and middle-income countries (LAMIC) in the psychiatric literature, which may reflect an overall low representation of LAMIC publications in databases of indexed journals. This paper investigates the worldwide distribution of indexed psychiatric journals. A survey in both Medline and ISI Web of Science was performed in order to identify journals in the field of psychiatry according to their country of origin. Two hundred and twenty-two indexed psychiatric journals were found. Of these, 213 originated from high-income countries and only nine (4.1%) front middle-income countries. None were found in low-income countries. We also present the experience of a LAMIC psychiatric journal, the Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, in its recent indexation process. This case study may serve as an example for other LAMIC journals to pursue indexation in major databases as a strategy to widen the international foundation of psychiatric research. There is an important need for the inclusion of LAMIC psychiatric publications in the majors indexation databases. This process will require multiple agents to partner with journals from LAMIC to improve their quality and strengthen their chances of being indexed.
ISSN: 1723-8617
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