Peruvian scientific production on mental health in Scopus, 2010-2018

Yolvi Ocaña-Fernández, Isabel Menacho Vargas, Luis Núñez Lira, Flor De María Sánchez Aguirre, Rafael Garay-Argandoña, Ronald M. Hernández, Karel Llopiz Guerra

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Abstract

The study describes the characteristics of the publications on mental health written by Peruvian authors in journals indexed in Scopus during the 2010-2018 period. A descriptive and retrospective analysis of 199 articles is conducted. Any kind of publication that does not present the IMRAD structure is excluded. The Peruvian scientific production accounts for 0.09% of the global production and it ranks sixth in Latin America. Most articles are published in the Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública (Peruvian Journal of Experimental Medicine and Public Health), followed by Lancet and PLos One. In addition, 43.6% of authors are affiliated mainly with the Cayetano Heredia University, followed by the National University of San Marcos (8.8%) and the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (8.3%). Besides, 34.2% of the published articles show psychosocial problems as the subject of study, while 65.8% of them account for the topic of mental and behavioral disorders, both topics are considered as the main health problem in Peru. It is concluded that the scientific production on mental health is poor. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen and stimulate the generation and dissemination of scientific studies by Peruvian researchers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Volume23
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Peru
  • Research
  • Scientific journals
  • Scientific production

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    Ocaña-Fernández, Y., Vargas, I. M., Lira, L. N., Aguirre, F. D. M. S., Garay-Argandoña, R., Hernández, R. M., & Guerra, K. L. (2019). Peruvian scientific production on mental health in Scopus, 2010-2018. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 23(1).