Research contributions of Spanish Psychiatry (2004-2009): A bibliometric analysis of a University department

Sira Diaz-Morán, Adolf Tobeña

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Psychiatric research in Spain went through a notorious increase in quality and quantity of peer-reviewed papers during the last decade of the previous century, in parallel with other medical disciplines. Although there have been systematic studies of scientific production, they are inadequate from the perspective of the research groups and particularly from university departments. We considered this bibliometric study, in order to analyze the scientific production of the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, UAB [DPsML]. Methodology. In a cross-sectional survey of independent groups (n = 57, 54% men), indicators were applied to production, quality, visibility/distribution and sustained popularity. Results. DPsML research groups, published 314 articles and/or reviews (216 international) between 2004 - 2009, reaching a total of 974 quotations in the period (16 quots./basic researcher and 11.3 quots./clinical researcher). Contributions at the Thomson Scientific Index [TSI], come from clinical groups (56.48%), and basic groups: 43.52%. The basic groups showed on average impact factor of 5.12 and clinical groups of 2. Conclusions. DPsML published 11.84% of most cited papers in Spanish psychiatry, 20% in the field of drug addiction and 20.84% in the field of behavioral science, 1 the inconsistent results with other bibliometric studies2 on the same researchers, shows the need for more tight and demanding indicators and mapping of production encompassing, both research groups as molar units (university departments).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-301
JournalActas Espanolas de Psiquiatria
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Bibliometrics
  • Citation analysis
  • Impact index
  • Psychiatry
  • Scientific output


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