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Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor

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FLORES-FERNANDEZ, C. et al. Bibliometric analysis of Journal of the Spanish Pain Society: 2007-2016. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2018, vol.25, n.3, pp.170-177. ISSN 1134-8046.


Analyze the scientific production of the Journal of the Spanish Pain Society, in the period 2007-2016, through a bibliometric study.

Material and methods:

Descriptive-retrospective analysis of the journal's production during the period studied. Ten indicators were used, divided into four categories: productivity, citation, information consumption and content indicators.


A total of 597 documents were published, of which 292 were original, equivalent to 49 % of the total production. The journal received 546 citations between 2007 and 2016; 54.6 citations per year and 0.91 citations per document. 1,245 authors signed the documents; 1,108 of them published a single document in the period studied. The minimum number of authors signing for a document is 1 and the maximum 41. The cooperation rate is 2.08. The countries with the greatest contribution of documents are Spain (440), Mexico (39) and Chile (27). Hospital is the type of institution with the most published documents (73 %); the most productive hospital is Puerto del Mar University Hospital, also called Seguridad Social de Cádiz Hospital. The average number of references per article is 22. English is the predominant language in references (85 %).


Article is the dominant document, being also the most cited. The journal is open access, which can positively influence the number of citations received. The indexing of the journal in well-known databases can also be a factor that influences the number of citations. Spain and the Latin American countries have a high contribution of documents. This may be related to the idiomatic factor (Spanish language). 75 % of the documents were written by two or more authors. Collaboration is generally between people from the same country. Collaborative work between authors from different countries is low. However it has shown an increase in recent years. The analysis can be useful to increase the visibility and impact of the journal.

Keywords : Bibliometric Analysis; scientific productivity; bibliometrics; Journal of the Spanish Pain Society.

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