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Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases

On-line version ISSN 1678-9199

J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis vol.16 no.4 Botucatu  2010 



Change the QUALIS criteria!



Andriolo AI; Barbosa AJAII; Hernandez AJIII; Camargos AFIV; Barraviera BV; Kadunc BVVI;

IEditor in chief of Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
IIEditor of Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
IIIEditor of Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
IVEditor of Revista Femina
VEditor of The Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases
VIEditor of Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology

Correspondence to



Since CAPES published its revised QUALIS criteria, the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB - Associação Médica Brasileira) has been organizing a series of meetings, held at its headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil, since August 2009, in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors (ABEC - Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos). These meetings led to the publication of an editorial entitled "Classification of Journals in the QUALIS system of CAPES - URGENT need of changing the criteria!". The text was signed by 62 editors of scientific journals and published in full in all of them, and in countless others, primarily of health sciences, demonstrating that Brazilian journals are more and more committed to discuss the problems they have in common (1).

The scientific community remains concerned about the future prospects and direction of Brazilian periodicals (2, 3). The editors who were present at the meeting on March 18th could, therefore, evaluate the repercussions of the first Editorial, which had been discussed at scientific events and conferences all over Brazil. The meeting was attended by Dr. Lilian Caló, the scientific communication and assessment coordinator of SciELO, who presented a comparative study of the Brazilian periodicals indexed by SciELO according to two different criteria: the first criterion was the ISI/JCR impact factor, that only uses journals indexed by Thomson Reuters, and the second was an index composed by simple addition of the ISI/JCR and SciELO impact factors. The SciELO impact factor, which includes all the periodicals indexed by SciELO, significantly modifies the number of citations and, consequently, raises the impact factors of Brazilian periodicals. Dr. Caló's presentation illustrated this fact more clearly, showing the percentage gained by adopting the composite index. It is clear that combining indexes, or creating equivalences or several alternatives, can promote improved quality among Brazilian journals, raising their visibility and making international indexation more likely. It is also a matter of concern that Brazilian researchers now prefer to publish their work in foreign journals rather than choosing domestic publications. They prefer to do this because it improves the ratings of their postgraduate departments, earns them greater impact factors and increases their H index; all entirely and exclusively a result of the revised criteria adopted by CAPES. Achievement in increasing the visibility and quality of Brazilian scientific production should not be assessed on the basis of articles alone, but should also focus on improving our periodicals to the point at which they are recognized internationally.

Considering that the criteria have already been set for CAPES' current triennial assessment, the assembled editors decided to draft a second editorial containing a list of suggestions for the next assessment, to be sent to CAPES administration. The list of suggestions, which supplement those in the first editorial, is as follows:

  • The criteria used by CAPES to classify periodicals should be revised, adopting the composite impact factor calculated by summing the ISI/JCR and SciELO impact factors.
  • A seat on the CAPES Scientific Committee should be created for ABEC so that the editors can be heard within the process.
  • CNPq should create an "Editor's Scholarship" program to be awarded to editors of journals funded by CNPq in order to support scientific publishing. The objective of this project is to improve the quality of these journals by providing their editors with more time to dedicate to their editorial activities.

Additionally, the assembled editors decided to seek support for their criticisms and suggestions from the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (Academia Brasileira de Ciências), from FINEP and from Federal Deputy Eleuses Vieira de Paiva. At a later date the editors will request a detailed breakdown from CNPq of the criteria adopted for, and the results of, the distribution of the resources allocated through the Publishing Support Grants (Editais para Auxílio à Editoração). The editors intend to use these data to construct a database on the annual budgets of Brazilian periodicals, which will be useful for comparative analysis and mutual cooperation. Publication of these two editorials and promotion of discussion is one of our goals in seeking the recognition that Brazilian periodicals both need and deserve.

This editorial is signed by:

Adagmar Andriolo Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
Alfredo José Afonso Barbosa Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
Arnaldo José Hernandez Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

Aroldo F. Camargos

Revista Femina
Benedito Barraviera Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases
Bogdana Victoria Kadunc Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology - Soc. Brasileira de Dermatologia
Bruno Caramelli Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

Carlos Brites Brazilian

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Dejair Caitano do Nascimento Hansenologia Internationalis
Domingo M. Braile Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular
Dov Charles Goldenberg Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica
Edmund Chada Baracat Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Edson Marchiori Revista Radiologia Brasileira

Eduardo de Paula Vieira

Revista Brasileira de Coloproctologia
Eros Antônio de Almeida Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Clínica Médica
Flávia Machado Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Geraldo Pereira Jotz Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cabeça e Pescoço
Gianna Mastroianni Kirsztajn Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia
Gilberto Camanho Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Gustavo Gusso Medicina, Família e Comunidade

Ivomar Gomes Duarte

Revista de Administração em Saúde
Izelda Maria Carvalho Costa Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
João Ferreira de Mello Júnior Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Joel Faintuch Revista Brasileira de Nutrição Clínica
José Antônio Baddini Martinez Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
José Antônio Livramento Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
José Eduardo Ferreira Manso Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
José Eulálio Cabral Filho Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno-Infantil

José Heverardo da Costa Montal

Revista da Associação Brasileira de Medicina de Tráfego
José Luiz Gomes do Amaral Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
José Luiz Martins Archives of Pediatric Surgery
Jurandyr Moreira de Andrade Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
Leonardo Cançado Monteiro Savassi Revista Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade
Luís dos Ramos Machado Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Luiz Augusto Casulari Brasilia Médica
Luiz Eugenio Garcez Leme Geriatria & Gerontologia
Luiz Felipe P. Moreira Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Luiz Henrique Gebrim Revista Brasileira de Mastologia

Marcelo Madeira

Revista Brasileira de Mastologia
Marcelo Riberto Revista Acta Fisiátrica
Marcus Bastos Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia
Mário Cícero Falcão Revista Brasileira de Nutrição Clínica
Mario J. da Conceição Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Mauricio Rocha e Silva Revista Clinics
Milton Artur Ruiz Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
Milton K. Shibata Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia
Mittermayer Barreto Santiago Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia

Nelson Adami Andreollo

Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva
Nivaldo Alonso Brazilian Journal of Craniomaxilofacial Surgery
Osvaldo Malafaia Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva
Olavo Pires de Camargo Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
Paulo Manuel Pêgo Fernandes São Paulo Medical Journal
Regina Helena Garcia Martins Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Renato Soibelmann Procianoy Jornal de Pediatria
Ricardo César Pinto Antunes Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Cancerologia
Ricardo Fuller Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Ricardo Guilherme Viebig Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Ricardo Nitrini Dementia & Neuropsychologia

Rogério Dedivitis

Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cabeça e Pescoço
Ronaldo Damião Urologia Contemporânea
Rosângela Monteiro Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular
Sergio Lianza Revista Medicina de Reabilitação
Sigmar de Mello Rode Brazilian Oral Research
Tarcisio E. P. Barros Filho Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
Wallace Chamon Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
Winston Bonetti Yoshida Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
Zuher Handar Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Trabalho



1. Andriolo A, Souza AFM, Farias AQ, Barbosa AJA, França Netto AS, Hernandez AJ, et al. Classification of Journals in the QUALIS system of CAPES - URGENT need of changing the criteria! J Venom Anim Toxins incl Trop Dis. 2010;16(3):391-4.         [ Links ]

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Correspondence to:
Bruno Caramelli
Associação Médica Brasileira
Rua São Carlos do Pinhal, 324, Bela Vista
São Paulo, SP, 01.333-000, Brasil
Phone: +55 11 3178-6800. Fax: +55 11 3178-6830.

Submission status
Received: August 13, 2010.
Accepted: August 13, 2010.
Full paper published online: November 30, 2010.



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