LILACS Brazil announces new calendar for evaluation and selection of new journals

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São Paulo, February 20, 2024 (BIREME/PAHO/WHO) - The evaluation and selection of Brazilian journals for the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILACS) database represents a significant milestone in the scientific communication scenario among the countries of the Region. This annual process, coordinated in partnership between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Brazilian Ministry of Health, is essential for the constant updating and improvement of BIREME/PAHO/WHO.

As of 2024, the selection of journals for inclusion in the database will take place in April. BIREME’s Supervisor of Reference Information Sources, Sueli Mitiko Yano Suga, emphasizes that it is important for editors to update their calendars in accordance with the new date, so that they are prepared, since the change will have an impact on the other activities in the annual calendar. “As of March, the Evaluation Forms will be available for editors to fill in; with the Meeting of the Evaluation Committee planned to take place in October, followed by the publication of the results,” explains Sueli.

On December 11, 2023, expert members of the LILACS Brazil Journal Evaluation and Selection Committee met for the 24th edition of this important event. Started in July of that year, the process began with the submission of eleven journals, but after a pre-analysis of standardization and scope, only seven were selected to continue the evaluation.

As a result, two journals were approved with restrictions, after the implementation of standardization and committee recommendations, while another five were not approved. The journals approved with restrictions include “Saberes Plurais” and “Revista Contexto & Saúde”, while those not approved include titles such as “Revista Corpoconsciência”, “Debates em Psiquiatria”, “Health Residencies Journal”, “Revista Pró-UniverSUS” and “Revista Saúde Coletiva”.

The members of the Committee, renowned specialists in the various areas of the Health Sciences, played a fundamental role in this process, conducting careful and well-founded analyses:

  • Adeilton Alves Brandão, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
  • André Luiz Félix Rodacki, Federal University of Paraná
  • Antônio de Pádua Pithon Cyrino, São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho
  • Edna Frasson de Souza Montero, University of São Paulo
  • Maria Helena Palucci Marziale, University of São Paulo
  • Mary Sandra Carlotto, University of Brasília
  • Sigmar de Mello Rode, São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho
  • Silvia Berlanga de Moraes Barros, University of São Paulo

This meticulous process demonstrates the ongoing commitment to excellence in the selection of scientific journals for the LILACS database. Furthermore, it promotes the dissemination of scientific knowledge and contributes to the advancement of health research and practice not only in Brazil, but throughout Latin America.

Visit the LILACS Portal and access all the information on the LILACS Brazil Journal Evaluation and Selection Process, including the Criteria for inclusion in the database and the Submission procedures for journals evaluation.