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Terapia psicológica

On-line version ISSN 0718-4808

Ter Psicol vol.30 no.3 Santiago Dec. 2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082012000300001 

EDITORIAL

 

Terapia Psicológica, joining the Web of Science and the new challenges

 

It is with great pleasure that we present to you number 3 for 2012. For the first time in its history, Terapia Psicológica (TEPS) is publishing three numbers in one year: April, July and December. This represents a new challenge for the journal and for the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology.

In 2010, Terapia Psicológica was incorporated into Thomson Reuters' demanding WEB of Science (WOS) database, thereby placing it among the world's scientific journals of greatest quality and impact.

Without a doubt, integrating into the selective and demanding databases that comprise the WOS was a central priority for Terapia Psicológica, a long-standing goal for the various researchers, associations and institutions that participated as authors or contributors.

The admission of Terapia Psicológica into the WOS is particularly relevant nationally as this makes it the first Chilean journal of psychology recognized at that level. We hope that our inclusion serves as a platform and promotes the admission of other national publications.

This distinction that TEPS has received is the result of the combined efforts by national and international authors, teams and collaborators of Terapia Psicológica, its Board and the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology.

Due to its admission into the WOS in 2011, Terapia Psicológica was included in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and received its first impact factor (IF). It should be pointed out that for the efficient evaluation of journals, the JCR makes public the impact factor of 7,460 publications, so that the importance of a publication can be compared to others of the same field and of international science.

In this regard, Terapia Psicológica made its debut in the JCR, obtaining an impact factor of 0.609.

According to the JCR 2011 today TEPS is placed comparatively among the journals included in the WOS with JCR:

-      number 2 of 14 Chilean social sciences journals.
-      number 8 of 36 Chilean journals.
-      number 2 of Latin American psychology journals (including Mexico and Brazil).
-      among the top 10 of more than 20 psychology journals in Latin America.

These indicators are encouraging and promising, considering that this is the first impact factor reported by the JCR for our journal.

Moreover, this is added to the valuation that Terapia Psicológicahad already received in another of the most important scientific journal databases, SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR). Of the journals included there, TEPS received a SJR of 0.031 (Impact Factor of SCOPUS journals), placing it in the third quartile (Q3) in clinical psychology and in Q3 in the psychiatry category.

We consider that the new challenges which lie ahead for TEPS include maintaining and increasing the impact factor, strengthening and increasing the positioningachieved,extending our visibility in the international scientific community and improving the journal's publishing processes, mainly in the review of the large quantity of articles received, which necessarily involves augmenting the selectivity and quality criteria. TEPS must also promote and develop its relations with researchers accustomed to a high level of rigor and efficiency and through them require considerable dedication, attention to detail and effort.

To date the indicators have shown that TEPS is on the right path and is already in the most important group of international scientific journals.We must therefore maintain this important placing and continue to build on these achievements and international visibility.

 

Pablo Vera-Villarroel
Director, Terapia Psicológica

Caterina Manzo, Jaime Silva and Walter Kühne
Associate Directors

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