Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Latin American Educational Thought Magazine is incorporated into the Scielo platform


The Latin American Educational Thought journal , PEL, was indexed in the database of Scielo journals (Scientific Electronic Library Online). With this certification, the unit achieves a new indexing, after receiving the support of Scopus in 2018.

Scielo is one of the most recognized digital libraries in Latin America and the world, present in Chile since 1998 under the auspices of the National Research and Development Agency, ANID (former CONICYT).

This indexing is the result of several years of work carried out by different editorial teams, says the general editor of the magazine, Álvaro Salinas: “Joining these databases implies a persistent previous work to attract good articles, select them with quality criteria that they also safeguard the transparency and rigor of the process and disseminate them among the audiences that interest the magazine ”.

“Joining these databases implies a persistent previous work to attract good articles” – Álvaro Salinas, general editor of PEL magazine

Since its creation in 1993, the journal PEL, which depends on the UC Faculty of Education, has published research in the educational field by various academics, academics and researchers from Chile and the world. This, through a rigorous selection work adhering to international and publication standards.

All this effort has allowed it to be incorporated into prestigious magazine databases, to which Scielo now joins. One of the most relevant indexes was received in 2018 when Scopus validated the work carried out by the magazine . This platform is an electronic library with a coverage of more than 41 thousand titles, which has allowed greater visibility to the articles published on its pages. With Scielo, then, it is incorporated into around 1,800 publications in Latin America, Europe and Africa. “Both are bases that are highly consulted by researchers around the world, who want to access the accumulated knowledge in the most diverse areas,” explains Salinas.

In practical terms, he says, “when a researcher from Asia, for example, wants to know the most recent works published on a topic where PEL has published, they will have our publications just a click away”.

Indexing also implies a challenge for the journal, says its editor-in-chief, “because it requires permanent improvement in the quality of the article selection and publication processes and also demands to increase the impact of its contents.” In this sense, the publication adheres to international standards related to the quality and transparency in reviewing articles, in addition to their innovation, quality and impact.

The PEL magazine was born in 1993, under the auspices of the UC Faculty of Education and as an inheritance from the old Anales Magazine of the same campus. To date, he has published 56 volumes in total. For Salinas, joining this new digital library “is a recognition of a work done seriously over many years.”

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