Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana

Vol. 56, núm. 1, 2003, p. 87-98


  La Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas a través de los índices de impacto del Institute for Scientific Information

Susana A. Alaniz-Álvarez*, Ángel F. Nieto-Samaniego, Teresa Soledad Medina-Malagón y Ma. Teresa Orozco-Esquivel

Centro de Geociencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, Querétaro, Qro., 76230.

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In this work we analyze the parameters used by the Institute of Scientific Information in the evaluation of scientific journal quality and present the Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas (RMCG) as case of study. The impact factor, immediacy index, cited half life and cited journal listing are defined and discussed. Based on the values of these parameters obtained for the RMCG it is shown that the quality of this journal is equivalent to those journals of the same category and discipline. Also it is discussed why the descriptive information and the interpretation of the geological systems are goals of national and international journals of regional Geology. It is concluded that the fundamental data of the Mexican geology published in foreigner journals diminishes their impact in the national community, whereas their worldwide impact is insignificant.