Journal article

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

JJ Mari, V Patel, C Kieling, D Razzouk, P Tyrer, H Herrman



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 For..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Sylvie Ollifson, from the Global Forum for Health Research, who provided a list of grey literature journals compiled for mapping out research capacity in LAMIC. We also thank all the WPA Zonal Representatives who helped us to screen for journals around the globe. JJM is a Brazilian National Researcher (CNPq), currently on sabbatical leave funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES), in the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London. The WPA did provide a seed grant for the field work of the study. The ISI data was supported by a grant from the State of Sao Paulo Funding Agency (Fapesp). VP is supported by a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellowship.