Externalities and article citations: experience of a national public health journal (Gaceta Sanitaria)

Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Jan;26(1):81-4. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.09.010. Epub 2015 Oct 23.


Purpose: The purpose of the study was to analyze the determinants of citations such as publication year, article type, article topic, article selected for a press release, number of articles previously published by the corresponding author, and publication language in a Spanish journal of public health.

Methods: Observational study including all articles published in Gaceta Sanitaria during 2007-2011. We retrieved the number of citations from the ISI Web of Knowledge database in June 2013 and also information on other variables such as number of articles published by the corresponding author in the previous 5 years (searched through PubMed), selection for a press release, publication language, article type and topic, and others.

Results: We included 542 articles. Of these, 62.5% were cited in the period considered. We observed an increased odds ratio of citations for articles selected for a press release and also with the number of articles published previously by the corresponding author. Articles published in English do not seem to increase their citations.

Conclusions: Certain externalities such as number of articles published by the corresponding author and being selected for a press release seem to influence the number of citations in national journals.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Editorial policies; Journal impact factor.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Language
  • Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Public Health*
  • Spain