Análisis Comparativo de la cobertura de SciELO y

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Objective: to learn the structure of the two main open-access

databases in Latin America: Scientific Electronic Library

Online (SciELO) and Sistema de Información Científica Redalyc

( from a compared perspective of the journals

indexed at both online platforms, which communicate fulltext


Methodology: a web search was carried out from February

14th to 17th, 2013, at the websites and www., in views of finding out the number of journals

edited by country, field of knowledge and disciplines in both


Results: Brazil, Mexico and Colombia comprise more than

50% of the total for each online pool. At SciELO, the most

representative field of knowledge is sciences, with 47.2%

(426 journals); whereas for, it is social sciences,

with 59% (475 publications). The disciplines with the largest

number of journals are, for SciELO: medicine (184), health

(61) and biology (54); while for, they relate to education

(74), psychology (67) and medicine (59). In total both

databases share 339 journals, in which Colombia holds the

largest number of journals common to both databases (90),

and the field of social sciences concentrates the largest number

of shared publications (167 journals).