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Revista chilena de historia natural

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CAMUS, PATRICIO A. 116 years of Revista Chilena de Historia Natural: A brief story of two befores and an after. Rev. chil. hist. nat. [online]. 2013, vol.86, n.4, pp.373-384. ISSN 0716-078X.

The year 2013 will mark the end of an important period for Revista Chilena de Historia Natural (RCHN), as from 2014 it will start to be published through the SpringerOpen platform, including some conspicuous changes in design, editorial management and language, among others. Therefore in this article I summarize some key aspects in the evolution of RCHN since its foundation in the late 19th century, through two historical periods: (a) 1897-1963, which highlights the figure of its creator Carlos E. Porter and the role of the Sociedad Chilena de Historia Natural (Chilean Society of Natural History), and (b) 1983-2013, its recent period linked to the Sociedad de Biología de Chile (Biology Society of Chile). Additionally, I present a brief analysis of the situation and the impact of RCHN in its modern period, including unpublished information showing the preference (via citation) for different aspects of its contents (article category, disciplinary area, environment type), and a ranking of the most cited articles vs. those most consulted online, which reveals two different faces of the journal's impact.

Keywords : Chile; impact; natural history.

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