In the past 6 years, Revista Paulista de Pediatria has taken several measures to improve working tools and internationalize its articles: adherence to an online submission system, which included three changes to better meet the needs of the process of manuscript evaluation and editing; translation of all articles into English; adherence of our journal to digital platforms, making it available for use in mobile devices; indexation in important national and international databases for the spread and expansion of articles; hiring of Elsevier, an international publishing house, to provide desktop publishing services for the journal, to develop Revista's own website, and to make ahead-of-print articles available.
From 2013 to 2016, the transition to the new submission system (Elsevier Editorial System, EES) speeded up the process of manuscript review and allowed for the journal to make in-press articles available soon after their approval. Revista's own website (www.rpped.com.br) compiles all information about the journal, improving the relationship between editors, authors, and reviewers, and currently has 43,000 visits. The number of accesses to articles via PubMed doubled from 2012 to 2015, increasing from 360,074 to 796,954. When accesses via Science Direct are added (98,657), the number of access reaches almost 900,000 (895,611).
In line with the digital reality, readers can download an app with all journal issues to their cell phone or tablet for free. So far, the digital version of the journal had 19,600 downloads, representing 619 hours of reading. Indexed in important international databases – MEDLINE in 2013 and PubMed Central in 2014 –, our journal was invited to join Redalyc (Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal) in 2015, expanding its international presence even more.
From 2008 to 2015, the number of manuscripts submitted for publication in Revista doubled, from 114 to 219, and continued to grow every year. The journal receives articles from all Brazilian states, mainly from São Paulo, followed by Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Paraná. The number of international submissions has also increased, mainly from Portugal.
The journey towards scientific quality improvement had a significant effect on the journal's impact factor, which ranked the highest in its field among Brazilian journals, according to 2015 data from Scielo (0.2866), and the third highest among pediatric journals, according to the SCImago ranking (0.26). Currently, Revista occupies the second position in this ranking, after Jornal de Pediatria, a journal of Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Therefore, it can be seen that the impact factor of Revista Paulista de Pediatria has been constantly evolving since 2012. The ranking made by Scielo also shows that there has been a steady increase in the number of received citations.
To achieve all these accomplishments, Revista Paulista de Pediatria relied on the collaboration and expertise of dedicated professionals who share the mission of disseminating and acknowledging high-quality research, making Brazil an authority on scientific advances in the healthcare field.
We would like to thank the Board of Directors of Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo (SPSP), the Reviewer Board, the Editorial Board, authors, and readers for all their support and dedication and for turning the dream of Revista Paulista de Pediatria into reality: being a journal that makes a difference for healthcare professionals.