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Revista Española de Salud Pública

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


VILLAR ALVAREZ, Fernando; ESTRADA LORENZO, José Manuel; PEREZ ANDRES, Cristina  and  REBOLLO RODRIGUEZ, Mª José. Bibliometric Study of the Original Articles Published in Revista Española de Salud Pública (1991-2000): Part III: Reference Analysis. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2007, vol.81, n.3, pp.247-259. ISSN 2173-9110.

Background: The advancement of knowledge is based on the results of previously conducted research studies, which are reflected in the reference sources listed in a scientific article. This study is aimed at studying the scientific information used in the Revista Española de Salud Pública based on the references cited in the original articles published during the 1991-2000 period. Methods: The data regarding the year and where published, document type, language and country in which published was taken from the reference sources listed in the 290 original articles published, the obsolescence, Price and isolation indexes being calculated, and the Bradford core distribution being established according to the source journals. The self-citing rate was also calculated. Results: A total of 7,465 references were cited in the Reference section of the 290 original articles. An average of 25.7 references were cited per article. The Price index was 40.7. The scientific articles showed an obsolescence index of 5, the books and book chapters having an index of 6. A total 50.6% of the citations were from studies published in Spanish. The isolation index of the references was 48.1. The first Bradford core is comprised of 10 journals, the first four of which are Spanish. The self-citing rate was 3.8%. Conclusions: The information consumption of the original articles published in the Revista Española de Salud Pública show parameters similar to those of other Spanish health sciences journals for those same years, and the parameters regarding which this Journal differs from other Spanish health sciences journals seem to be justified by those particular aspects unique to public health, which does not fall within the patterns inherent to the clinical disciplines.

Keywords : Revista española de salud pública; Bibliometrics; Periodicals.

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