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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


TAYPE-RONDAN, Álvaro et al. Student scientific production in Latin America: an analysis of the Spanish-language medical journals indexed in SciELO, 2011. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2014, vol.17, n.3, pp.171-177. ISSN 2014-9840.

Aim. To describe the scientific production of medical students in Spanish-speaking medical journals indexed in SciELO belonging to 2011. Materials and methods. Bibliometric study. We analyzed original articles from medical journals indexed in SciELO and which belonged to Spanish-speaking Latin-American countries belonging to 2011 to determine the student contribution. Results. A total of 99 journals indexed in SciELO were reviewed, all belonging to 11 Latin-American Spanish-speaking countries. The country with the most medical journals indexed in this database was Cuba, followed by Colombia and Chile. We counted 2,476 original articles belonging to 2011, from which 88 (3.6%) had a medical student as an author. The countries which had more journals with student publications were Colombia, Chile and Peru. The faculty with the most scientific student production was the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In four publications it was observed the participation of students from two or more different faculties. Articles with the participation of students from different countries were not found. Conclusion. A poor student participation was found, and a low level of collaboration between students from different schools of medicine. It is recommended to take measures in different levels to increase these figures, and to periodically evaluate its development.

Keywords : Bibliometrics; Medical education; Schools/medical; Students/medical.

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