The 5/95 gap in the indexation of psychiatric journals of low- and middle-income countries


Mari, JJ; Patel, V; Kieling, C; Razzouk, D; Tyrer, P; Herrman, H; (2010) The 5/95 gap in the indexation of psychiatric journals of low- and middle-income countries. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica, 121 (2). pp. 152-156. ISSN 0001-690X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01476.x

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the relationship between science production and the indexation level of low- and middle-income countries (LAMIC) journals in international databases. Method: Indicators of productivity in research were based on the number of articles produced over the 1994-2004 period. A survey in both Medline and ISI/Thomson was conducted to identify journals according to their country of origin. A WPA Task Force designed a collaborative process to assess distribution and quality of non-indexed LAMIC journals. Results: Twenty LAMIC were found to present more than 100 publications and a total of 222 indexed psychiatric journals were found, but only nine were from LAMIC. The Task Force received 26 questionnaires from editors of non-indexed journals, and concluded that five journals would meet criteria for indexation. Conclusion: Barriers to indexation of journals contribute to the difficulties in achieving fair representation in the main literature databases for the scientific production in these countries.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: indexed psychiatric journals, low- and middle-income countries, psychiatric research, dissemination, mental-health research, 10/90 divide
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Global Mental Health
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 19764927
Web of Science ID: 273300500010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4228

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