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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


DELGADO LOPEZ-COZAR, Emilio; RUIZ-PEREZ, Rafael  and  JIMENEZ-CONTRERAS, Evaristo. Medline Criteria for Scientific Journals Selection. Methodology and Indicators: Application to Spanish Medical Journals Paying Special Attention to Public Health. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2006, vol.80, n.5, pp.521-551. ISSN 2173-9110.

Due to the strict selection process applied to its indexed journals, Medline is the most prestigious database in the Health and medicine field. The aim of this paper is both to analyze its selection criteria and translate into indicators that can be applied to Spanish medical journals willing to enter the Index Medicus. Analysis samples and methodology to apply obtained from the five groups of criteria considered by Medline (namely, Scope and coverage, Quality of contents, Quality of editorial work, Production quality and Audience) are proposed. A list of qualitative and quantitative indicators related to the five groups of criteria used by Medline is presented; namely, journal scientific output in the national and international context of the discipline, citation, analysis of the editorial committees, the editorial process and the peer-review system, indicators on compliance with the Vancouver guidelines, journal layout and informational quality, attractiveness, audience, journal visibility and interest as regards Medline goals.

Keywords : Medline; Periodicals; Periodicals [Publication Type]; Spain.

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