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León LG, Hurtado LLM
Cirujano General: Editorial analysis of one decade (1991-2000)
Cir Gen 2002; 24 (3)

Language: Español
References: 9
Page: 241-246
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Objective: To assess editorial productivity during one decade of Cirujano General.
Design: Retrospective, observational study.
Statistical analysis: Central tendency measures and Pearson’s Chi square for independent variables.
Setting: Academic Institution.
Material and methods: We reviewed the records and the database containing the information on the papers received in the 1991-2000 decade. We analyzed the following variables: Number of received papers, of published papers, percentage of rejection, category of each paper, type of used statistical analysis, federal state and country of origin.
Results: We received 712 papers, an average of 71 per year; 444 (62.3%) were published and 67 (9%) were rejected. To the category of original papers corresponded 245 (55.1%), to review 133 (29%), and to case reports 66 (14.8%). From those original or research papers, only 68(28%) had some type of statistical analysis. To compare the behavior of annual publication frequency according to category we used Chi square (χ2) and divided the decade in two five-year period: one from 1991 to 1995 and the other from 1996 to 2000. Based on this, the alternate hypothesis (Ha) was established for original papers, i.e., their publication increased in the second half as compared to the first, calculated χ2 was of 2,36, below that of tables by 1 freedom-degree, yielding a p›0.005, confirming that their frequency did not increase. Regarding review articles, we obtained a p›0.05, confirming that their publication frequency did not decrease, and for the case reports, we obtained a statistically significant value of p› 0.05, confirming that there was no significant change in their publication for both five-year periods. Finally, analysis year by year, revealed a statistically significant difference in favor of original papers (p ‹ 0.05). Mexico City was the main provider of original papers with 167 (68%).
Conclusion: The production of original or research papers must be fostered in the federal states; their publication rate must be increased.

Key words: Periodical journals, research, editorial policy.


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