RLAE in the Institute for Scientific Information: a victory for the Brazilian scientific editing system in nursing
Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Since its first issue, in 1993, the Latin American Journal of Nursing (RLAE) attempts to expand its visibility in the scientific and editorial field, disseminating quality knowledge production in Nursing and related areas produced in Brazil and Latin America. Thus, it has made all possible efforts to improve its editorial quality. Considering the increased visibility and also the national and international scientific recognition the indexing bases provide to periodicals, we initiated, in 2003,
... nitiated, in 2003, the submission process for the indexation of RLAE in the International Scientific Index (ISI) of the company Thompson Scientific, which is part of the Thompson Corporation, leader in the supply of information solutions to worldwide research and business communities. This index's assessment is performed by an editorial committee and lasts approximately 12 months. The process is initiated by submitting an application, accompanied by the four last journal issues published. During the evaluation process, all new issues published must be sent to the base to certify the punctuality and regularity of publication. The evaluation requirements are related to the journal structure and graphic characteristics, as well as to scientific standards, associated with the quality of the articles published. The Journal's application for indexation was denied in 2004, which made the editorial committee use new editorial improvement strategies. Among the actions performed, we highlight the automation of the editorial system; the digital availability of full texts of articles; articles published in Portuguese, English and Spanish and the printed version in English, and the improved selection of manuscripts. Only original articles that are relevant to the transference of knowledge to the entities that produce policies and health actions and which expand the scientific bases of Nursing for care delivery to individuals and families are published.