Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira (English Edition) Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira (English Edition)
Rev Assoc Med Bras. 2013;59:571-5 - Vol. 59 Num.06

References of Brazilian Medical Journals in national publications

Renan Kleber Costa Teixeira a, Nara Macedo Botelho b, Andy Petroianu c

a Universidade do Pará, Belém, PA, Brazil
b Faculty of Medicine, Universidade do Pará, Belém, PA, Brazil
c Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


Journal article. Impact factor. Bibliography


Objective: To assess whether there is a preference for international journal citation to the detriment of national ones in ten Brazilian medical journals, in two different periods.

Methods: All references in the articles published in Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia, Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular, Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira, São Paulo Medical Journal, Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia e Metabologia, Clinics, Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia, Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria e Acta Ortopédica Brasileira in the years 2011  and 2007  were analyzed, assessing the number of articles published in national and international journals.

Results: A total of 36,125 references from 1,462 articles published in the 10 aforementioned journals were analyzed. Of the total number, 4,242 (11.74%) were from Brazilian journals. There was no significant difference between the two analyzed periods. A  total of 453 (30.98%) articles had Brazilian references and 81 (5.54%) articles had more national than international references.

Conclusion: Of total references analyzed, 11.74% were related to articles published in Brazilian journals. This number, when compared to the percentage of Brazilian articles published in the medical area, demonstrates a good number of citations of national articles.