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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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YAMAMOTO, Oswaldo H.; SOUZA, Carina Cavalcanti de  and  YAMAMOTO, Maria Emília. Scientific production in psychology: an analysis of Brazilian journals between 1990-1997. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 1999, vol.12, n.2, pp. 549-565. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79721999000200019.

The purpose of this paper was to evaluate six Brazilian psychology journals (Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa; Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica; Psico; Arquivos Brasileiros de Psicologia; Psicologia USP e Boletim de Psicologia), edited between 1990 and 1997. We examined 749 papers in 80 issues of these journals. Three main questions were examined: the journals’ editorial practices, the authors’ profile, and the type of institutions with which they were affiliated. The results showed that: there are few researchers publishing systematically in Brazil; that the authors were concentrated in few institutions in the Southeast-South regions; and that researchers in public universities are more productive than those in private ones. The data also showed a relationship between the number of published papers and the existence of graduate programs in these universities and between the researchers’ institutional affiliation and the journal in which they published.

Keywords : Scientific production; journals; scientometrics; Brazilian Psychology.

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