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Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. vol.28 no.3 São Paulo Sept. 2006
RBP started to publish articles inpress in SciELO and MEDLINE
Scientific knowledge production and information flow have become faster with the advent of electronic media. Researchers need to communicate as soon as possible their findings to allow other researchers to benefit from their results and cite the publications. High-quality journals fail to publish the accepted new articles without a considerable waiting time, leading to a delay in the divulging of knowledge.
In order to accelerate this process, several scientific journals have been using electronic publications. Therefore, they have published online the articles accepted for publication before their printing.
Considering this situation, the Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria (RBP) took the initiative and asked SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) to provide a mechanism to allow the access to full scientific articles before their printing. SciELO's challenge was to publish the scientific article before its printing, without losing the information associated to its location and measurement of assessment, such as links, number of hits, citations and impact factor.
Since July 2006, SciELO started publishing on-line RBP's in-press articles before ahead publication. And these articles are already indexed to MEDLINE and are available at PubMed's site under the designation 'ahead of print'. By following the link to SciElo it is possible to access the full articles and cite them.
The partnership with SciELO has been fundamental for the qualitative leap forward reached by the RBP due to its indexing to MEDLINE (National Library of Medicine/PUBMED) and Science Citation Index (Journal of Citation Report, Thomson-ISI). The publication of in-press articles through MEDLINE and SciELO represents an important innovation, which will allow a higher efficacy in the scientific communication and make Brazilian journals even more attractive for the publication of state-of-the-art researches.
Rodrigo A Bressan
Eurípides C Miguel
Luiz Augusto Rohde
Marcos T Mercadante
Jair J Mari
Abel L. Paker