Enquete do Jornal Vascular Brasileiro

Winston Bonetti Yoshida
2011 Jornal Vascular Brasileiro  
The Jornal Vascular Brasileiro (J Vasc Bras) has been facing difficulties with punctuality, owing to the dearth of articles submitted for publication by members of our Society and on account of some peer reviewers' little commitment to the Journal. We know from a past survey that only 6.3% of the papers presented in our official meetings are published in indexed journals 1,2 . In other words, much clinical research is conducted by the members of our Society, but very little of it is sent for
more » ... lication in the J Vasc Bras. While journals of similar surgical societies which have 1/3 of our membership receive over 200 submissions per year, our Journal receives less than 100. The low number of submissions creates immense operational problems to our Journal. On account of these difficulties, our applications for indexation at Medline and ISI have been jeopardized and our development compromised. The J Vasc Bras' situation has led the J Vasc Bras Editorin-chief and the Publications Committee of the Brazilian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery (SBACV) to carry out a survey with members of our Society, who were asked to answer a questionnaire on the problems our Journal has been facing, and to present suggestions for its improvement. We thank in advance the Society members for their contributions and, as promised, this editorial addresses the results of the survey. Methods Since October 2010, a questionnaire was posted at the J Vasc Bras and the SBACV webpages, with several questions addressing the difficulties our members face in writing papers for submission to the Journal. There were also questions on the importance given to the Journal by each respondent, as well as a plea for suggestions on how to improve the Society members' participation the Journal. The data were inserted in a spreadsheet program (Excel ® for Windows) and calculations were made using the software Epi-Info. Results From October 2010 through July 2011, out of the 2,950 members of SBACV, 537 answered the survey, for a response rate of 18.2%. The frequency of answers is shown below. Members category: Aspiring members 26.9%, effective members 51.9%, and full members 18.4%. Only 17.1% of respondents were not certified specialists. About 35% had a postgraduation degree (Stricto Sensu) and 30% wished to be a reviewer of the Journal. 2. Readers and conduct orientation: 82.7% reported reading the J Vasc Bras routinely; 55.5% believe the articles published in the Journal help them in their practice, and 38.6% said the articles were occasionally helpful. J Vasc Bras presentation: Half the respondents answered they preferred to read the Journal in English, and the other half in Portuguese. The new cover has pleased 79.5 and 67.3% said the journal should not have its name changed. About 70% scored the journal between 7 and 10 in a 1 to 10 scale. 4. Presentation of papers in meetings and publications: 82.4% of members had already presented papers in meetings, but 62.6% have never published a paper in any journal. 5. Reasons for not publishing: The most common reasons not to publish were: lack of time (22.5%), lack of writing and statistics support (11.0%), little experience (7.6%), lack of incentives (2.2%), the J Vasc Bras long editorial process (2.2%), and not having access to references (2.0%).
doi:10.1590/s1677-54492011000300001 fatcat:wh7jdjnj3bgopcfj2h4h6ldhy4