The Redalyc project ( Red de Revistas Científicas de A mérica L atina y El C aribe, España y Portugal ) is a bibliographic database and a digital library of Open Access journals , supported by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México with the help of other higher education institutions and information systems.

The project started in October 2002 with the general aim of building a scientific information system made by the leading journals of the Latin America . Since its creation, its goal is: to give visibility to the scientific production generated in Ibero-America , which is underestimated world-wide due to various factors like low investment in science and technology , low participation of Latin American scientists in some of the hand currencies of science, as measured by percentage of articles by MEDLINE , and the low impact of that production. [1]Participation, measured by percentage of articles by authors of Latin America in such databases was very low in the dominant repositories eg, 2.7% in the Science Citation Index(SCI). [1]

As of 2015, Redalyc is an information system that also evaluates the scientific and editorial quality of knowledge in Ibero-America . A research group includes bibliometric indicators on the impact of the journals, authors and countries included in the journal electronic library. Redalyc has been consolidated as an important repository of knowledge over 1,000 journals and more than 425,000 full-text articles. [2]

Scientific Journal Electronic Library

Organized in two main areas ( social and natural sciences ) and many specialized sub-sections, Redalyc gathers journals published in 15 countries, with over 550 journals and 16,000 articles available in PDF format, and other metadata. Similar to parallel projects Such As Latindex , Redalyc fully embraces open access and icts releases material under a Creative Commons license, making it free to download. Along with a keyword search on each page, users can browse the catalog by title, author, country, or subject. [3]


Argentina , Brazil , Chile , Colombia , Costa Rica , Cuba , Ecuador , Spain , Mexico , Peru , Portugal , Puerto Rico , Dominican Republic , Uruguay and Venezuela


Social Sciences and Humanities

Agrarian Studies, Anthropology , Art , Communication , Culture , Demography , Economy , Education , Environmental Studies , Geography , Health , History , Information Sciences , Language and Literature, Law , multi-disciplinary studies, Philosophy and Science , Political Science , Psychology , Public Administration , Sociology and Territorial Studies

Natural and Exact Sciences

Agrarian Science, Architecture , Astronomy , Atmospheric Sciences , Biology , Chemistry , Engineering , Geology , Geophysics , Information Technology , Mathematics , Medicine , Multidisciplinary, Oceanography , Physics and Veterinary Medicine

Bibliometric indicators

Bibliometric techniques have been shown to be useful in the development of indicators of scientific research in the field of capabilities and networks. [4] Bibliometric indicators have been used for nearly 25 years [5] and have been developed to address central issues of classical science policy – level of research output and its impact. They are incorporated in the National Science Foundation ‘s (NSF) scientific indicators and are used in high – profile analyzes by leading scientists and policy makers. [6]

Usage indicators

Redalyc provides a guide to keep track of the publications. The statistics obtained are:

  • Site use
  • Articles report
  • Visits report
  • Comparative Consults
  • Global use reports
  • Internationalization index
  • Individual reports
  • Editorial reports
  • Institutional reports


Further information: SciELO § Controversy

In July 2015, Jeffrey Beall , an American librarian, posted an article on his blog on the subject of Latin American open access databases ( SciELO and Redalyc) as ” favelas “, [7] which is a derogatory Portuguese term for a slum. Beall stated:

“Many North American scholars have never heard of these meta-publishers or the journals they aggregate.”

This prospect was dismissed by Dr. Luis Reyes Galindo, Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences:

“I suppose that by ‘ North America ‘, Beall really means the United States of America and Canada, which … leaves at least one third of North America outside this myopic geography … [8] … SciELO and RedALyC are repositories centred On the other hand, it seems that it is suggested that it seems that Spanish and Portuguese should be deeply worried. shoulds aussi we be ashamed of the quality of our work has Because That area does not speak our language is uninterested in reading texts outside of Their linguistic scope. This is Analogous to Suggesting That Gabriel García Márquez ,Octavio Paz , Jorge Luis Borges and Machado of Assis should have been deeply disturbed because most ‘North American’ readers would have been uninterested in their works in the authors’ original mother tongues.

Responding to the perceived ethnocentrism of Beall’s published opinion of SciELO and Redalyc, a Motion was passed by the Brazilian Forum of Public Health Journal Editors and the Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva (Abrasco, Brazilian Public Health Association), taking exception to Beall’s characterization, drawing attention to the “ethnocentric prejudice”, and correcting factual inaccuracies. [9]The Motion draws attention to work by Vessuri, Guedon and Cetto emphasizing the value of SciELO and Redalyc to the development of science in Latin America and globally: “In fact, Latin America is using the OA publishing model to a greater extent than any other area in the world … Also, Because The sense of public duty remains strong Among Latin American universities … these … Demonstrate initiatives que la Region Contributes more and more to the global knowledge exchange while positioning research literature as a good public . ” [10]

In a criticism to Beall’s post, Dr. Antonio Sanchez Pereyra of the National University of Mexico wrote, “SciELO and Redalyc-have received enough recognition far enough from Latin America That Beall’s opinion Can Be Described as … at best, uninformed.” [ 11]

Some indexed journals

  • Southern Revista of Social Ciencias
  • Revista Colombiana of Estadistica
  • Universitas Psychologica
  • Geologica Acta

See also

  • SciELO
  • PubMed Central (PMC)


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  2. Jump up^ Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal – Scientific Information System. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México Sistema de información Científica Redalyc Versión 2.2 beta | 2015 Accessed October 30, 2015
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  4. Jump up^ Katz and Hicks D JS (1997). Bibliometric Indicators for National Systems of Innovation, prepared for IDEA project funded by TSER program of the EC, ESRC Center on Science, Technology, Energy and Environment PolicyScience Policy Research Unit, Brighton.
  5. Jump up^ Narin, F. (1976). Evaluative Bibliometrics: The Use of Publication and Citation Analysis in the Evaluation of Scientific Activity, Cherry Hill.
  6. Jump up^ “Bibliometric Indicators and the Social Sciences” (PDF) . University of Sussex . Retrieved 20 October 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ Jeffrey Beall. Is SciELO a Favela Publication? Scholarly Open Access. 2015. Available from: “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2016-11-08 . Retrieved 2015-10-19 .
  8. Jump up^ Dr. Luis Reyes Galindo. On SciELO and RedALyC. Sociology of Sciences and Open Access. October 18, 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Motion to repudiate Mr. Jeffrey Beall’sclassistattack on SciELO. SciELO in Perspective.Available from: October 30, 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Vessuri, H .; Guedon, J.-C .; Cetto, AM (2013). “Excellence or quality” in Latin America and its implications for development “. Current Sociology 62 (5): 647-665. doi:10.1177 / 0011392113512839
  11. Jump up^ Dr. Antonio Sánchez Pereyra. Comentarios of SciELO-México ante the crítica of Jeffrey Beall. SciELO Mexico August 5, 2015 as shared on Latindex August 6, 2015. Accessed October 18, 2015. 22tn% 22% 3A% 22R% 22% 7D