Identification of biomedical journals in Spain and Latin America

Xavier Bonfill, Dimelza Osorio, Margarita Posso, Ivan Solà, Gabriel Rada, Ania Torres, Marcelo García Dieguez, Maricela Piña-Pozas, Luisa Díaz-García, Mario Tristán, Omar Gandarilla, David A. Rincón-Valenzuela, Arturo Martí, Ricardo Hidalgo, Daniel Simancas-Racines, Luis López, Ricardo Correa, Antonieta Rojas-De-Arias, César Loza, Óscar GianneoHector Pardo

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© 2015 Health Libraries Group. Objectives: Journals in languages other than English that publish original clinical research are often not well covered in the main biomedical databases and therefore often not included in systematic reviews. This study aimed to identify Spanish language biomedical journals from Spain and Latin America and to describe their main features. Methods: Journals were identified in electronic databases, publishers' catalogues and local registries. Eligibility was determined by assessing data from these sources or the journals' websites, when available. Findings: A total of 2457 journals were initially identified; 1498 met inclusion criteria. Spain (27.3%), Mexico (16.0%), Argentina (15.1%) and Chile (11.9%) had the highest number of journals. Most (85.8%) are currently active; 87.8% have an ISSN. The median and mean length of publication were 22 and 29 years, respectively. A total of 66.0% were indexed in at least one database; 3.0% had an impact factor in 2012. A total of 845 journals had websites (56.4%), of which 700 (82.8%) were searchable and 681 (80.6%) free of charge. Conclusions: Most of the identified journals have no impact factor or are not indexed in any of the major databases. The list of identified biomedical journals can be a useful resource when conducting hand searching activities and identifying clinical trials that otherwise would not be retrieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-286
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • America South
  • Citation analysis
  • Clinical trials
  • Database searching
  • Europe South-West
  • Journals


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