9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P82 - Assessment of brazilian periodicals on Dentistry indexed in the LILACS database: norms and standardization

Improving the structure of Brazilian periodicals on Dentistry with the aim of broadening their indexation in databases has been a constant concern of editors. The aim of the present descriptive study was to verify if there is standardization in the structuring of such periodicals in regards to editorial aspects and article publication norms. A total of 29 periodicals on Dentistry indexed in the LILACS database were analyzed. Data analysis was performed with the SPSS software program, version 10.0. We verified that there was no uniformity in relation to the editorial aspects of the magazines. 62.1% presented the institution of origin, and just 3.4% mentioned the titles of the editorial staff. Among the periodicals that presented the institution of origin, we detected an endogenous composition of the editing staff in 48.3%. In relation to the “ad hoc“ councilors, 31.0% of the magazine referred to the presence of the same individuals as in the editorial staff, with just 3.4% making explicit the names and insti tution of origin. 55.2% of the magazines researched were linked to teaching institutions, 27.6% were linked to class societies and 17.2% were linked to private printing companies. The periodicity of 62.1% of the periodicals was either bimonthly or trimonthly. Regarding publication norms, 13.8% of the periodicals only accept articles written in the English language; 31.0% mentioned the assessment system to the counterparts; and 62.1% require the approval of the Research Ethics Committee for the publication of articles. Among the norms for bibliographic references, 58.6% use the Vancouver norms and 41.4% use the Brazilian ABNT rules. We conclude that there is no standardization regarding the presentation of the editorial staff and publication norms required by the Brazilian periodicals on Dentistry. This is evidence that there remains significant progress to be made in the sense of striving for quality among these publications.