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June 2007

Newsletter VHL 074 30/June/2007

ISSN 1809-6859

Latin American journals increase presence in the Web of Science database

The success and impact the Latin American journals have been achieving were revealed by the inclusion in 2006 of new titles in the Web of Science database. This strengthening of the insertion in the international community express the improvement in journals quality and visibility that result from a combination of factors, including improvement in the research published, in the editorial process management and from the online access publishing particularly SciELO. In 2006, eight new titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico were selected for the Thomson Scientific database, from the Unites States, which comprise the Web of Science
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League of Arab States collaborates with the development of ISIS Software Family

The efforts BIREME/PAHO/WHO is carrying out to strengthen and renew the ISIS Software Family for management and operation of sources of structured text information also count with the support of the League of Arab States (LAS), whose Information and Library Department assumed the responsibility to contribute with the translation of CISIS utility manual to Arabian language, as a response to an invitation BIREME made to the community of ISIS users to contribute with versions in the main languages. With such initiative, the dissemination and use of these applications will increase significantly in the Arabian world. Sherif Hassan Fouad, 3rd secretary – in charge of information technology of the library, is coordinating the Arabian version, considering his large experience in the use of ISIS and the arabization of ISIS systems distributed by UNESCO read the full article

Puerto Rico adopts the VHL in technical cooperation with Dominican Republic

A technical cooperation project between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will promote the development of the VHL in Puerto Rico. The Medical Sciences Campus Library (RCM - Recinto de Ciencias Médicas) of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo are the organizations in charge of implementing this project, which also involves the development of human resources to access sources of information in evidence-based medicine. The project is promoted by PAHO through its Representation in both countries wich will also be supported by BIREME/PAHO/WHO
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ScienTI Argentina advances in cooperation with the Network and the reformulation of SICyTAR

The last institutional advances made towards conceptual and methodological reformulation of the unified database of curricula of participants of the Sistema de Información de Ciencia y Tecnología Argentino (SICyTAR), carried out by Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (SECyT) of Argentina, through its National Direction of Planning and Evaluation, Unit of Development of Indicators and Statistical Analysis, were presented during a meeting held on May 22, 2007, at BIREME/PAHO/WHO, Technical Secretariat of the ScienTI Network. The meeting was attended by Abel Packer, Director of BIREME and technical team. The SECyT was represented by Jorge Fontanals, National Director of Planning and Evaluation; and María Guillermina D´Onofrio, Coordinator of the Unit of Development of Indicators and Statistical Analysis, SICyTAR
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SciELO Publication System is under final implementation process

The SciELO Publication System is a new implementation of the SciELO methodology, which comprises the entire process of publication of journals, from submission of articles to online publication and metadata analysis, to improve the procedures carried out by authors, peer reviewers and editors regarding submissions of articles and their publication, thus leading to more transparency in the editorial process. The SciELO system represents an advance in the field of electronic publications. Its differential is to generate data in XML format, according to the DTD of Pubmed Central for health sciences journals, as well as to contribute to maintain the SciELO complying with current trends and needs of the network, thus consolidating it as a pioneer effort in Latin America and the Caribbean. The process is in final implementation
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Interface Stanalyst for SciELO is under development

Xavier Polanco and Yvana Roche, both representing the INIST/CNRS, France, were at BIREME/PAHO/WHO during the last week of may 2007, to share the developments on the Stanalyst system for Linux platform to operate SciELO databases. The system developed by INIST/CNRS enables infometrics and bibliometrics studies on the subsets of bibliographic records. The project to adjust the system to SciELO and later to the VHL is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and involves the INIST/CNRS, CONICyT from Chile, CAICYT and RICYT from Argentina and BIREME
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