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SciELO 25 Years Seminar

Relevance of Nationally Published Quality Journals

📅 May 29, 2023, 11:00 – 12:30 (BRT/UTC-3)
🌐 Language: This seminar will have presentations in Spanish and Portuguese without simultaneous translation

The indexing status of journals published in the SciELO Network countries

The indexing criteria of the SciELO Program have been perfected in the last 25 years of operation. Starting in 2019, they were progressively aligned with open science communication practices. Indexing is one of the basic functions of the SciELO Publication Model. It understands the definition and application of journal evaluation policies, procedures and criteria with a view to approving their entry and permanence in the SciELO Network collections. The SciELO collections index journals of increasing quality, are a proactive part of the global flow of scholarly communication, and operate in parallel or complement other regional and global indexes. The seminar will present the SciELO indexing criteria that will serve as a reference for mapping the indexing of journals from the countries of the SciELO Network, in the main regional and international indexes: DOAJ, LILACS, MEDLINE, Redalyc, Scopus, Web of Science.


Bibliographic indexes fulfill key functions in the communication of research, mainly through scientific journals. The digital records of each document that feed the indexes are operated in databases that allow various functionalities or services. Thus, the indices establish bibliographic control of research in specific areas, as is the case of LILACS for Latin America and the Caribbean, and MEDLINE, for the entire world in the area of health sciences; or they have a generalized scope covering all the thematic areas, as is the case of SciELO, for the countries of the SciELO Network and Scopus for the whole world. The indexes are used to search for information on research by different criteria (subject, author, institution, etc.) and, many of them, for the production of descriptive statistics and bibliometric indicators calculated on journals or articles based on citations. granted and received, which are used to measure and rank the scientific production of regions, countries, institutions, researchers, subject areas, etc.

These key functions of the indices are related to and impact the scientific ranking of researchers, research groups, graduate programs, universities and their faculties, departments and disciplines, countries and regions. Since the indexes index the research that is published in the journals they index, being indexed or not is a key issue for journals. Bibliometric indices rank journals and articles by performance indicators for citations received. Globally, the most widely used multidisciplinary indices are Scopus and the Web of Science, but, nationally and regionally, other indices are used. In Latin America Redalyc and SciELO are used. Thematic bases are used, as is the case of LILACS and MEDLINE for health sciences journals.

One of the most important contributions of indices is to give visibility to journals and the research they report. Thus, the journals seek to be indexed in the most important indices. Being indexed, journals seek to increase their performance in the ranking of bibliometric indicators. The performance in the rankings is identified as the journal’s impact. Pari passu, researchers seek to publish their articles in the most visible and high-impact journals.

To enter and remain in an index, journals must meet the requirements of standards and good editorial practices in terms of management, operation, and performance. The indices meet these requirements in the so-called indexing criteria. In general, there is a lot of similarity between the index criteria. Among international indexes, SciELO has one of the most advanced indexing criteria. The criteria are contextualized for the conditions of each country.

The seminar will address three presentations on converging topics. First, the structure and application of the SciELO indexing criteria and its main convergences and differences with the international reference indices. Second, a list of all the indexed journals of the SciELO Network countries, Third, the distribution of the indexing of the SciELO Network journals in the bibliographic indexes considering countries, subject areas and language of publication.


11:00 – 11:05 Opening (Abel L Packer) [VIDEO]

11:05 – 11:20 SciELO indexing criteria (Denise Peres) [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

11:20 – 11:35 Reference catalog of periodicals from the countries of the SciELO Network (Ednilson Gesseff) [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

11:35 – 12:00 The indexing status of journals from countries in the SciELO Network (Abel L Packer) [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]


Abel L Packer

Abel L Packer

ORCID: 0000-0001-9610-5728
Director and Principal Investigator of the SciELO Program, Project Coordinator at FapUNIFESP.


Denise Peres

Denise Peres Sales

ORCID: 0000-0003-3248-6634
Librarian, Coordinator of the SciELO Brasil Journal Indexing Process; Graduated in Information Science with specialization in Librarianship from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Campinas (2005); Graduated in Librarianship from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (2010); Master in Information Science from the Universidade de São Paulo (2013); He has experience in the area of ​​Information Science, with an emphasis on Information Science.

Ednilson Gesseff

Ednilson Gesseff

Graduated in Data Science and collaborator in the SciELO project for 12 years, he works with the collection, organization and analysis of performance indicators of SciELO journals.

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