The Revista Española de Salud Pública is a bimonthly journal of the Diretoria Geral de Saúde Pública of the Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Social - MSC.
The Revista was founded in January 1926 as Boletín Técnico de la Dirección General de Sanidad, then subordinated to the Ministerio de la Gobernación. In its first issue (year I, number I), the editorial emphasized the official nature of that publication, which honoured its colleagues... and in which it was defined as a public health organ. According to the same text, the idea of publishing the Boletín Técnico came up when the yearly "Anuario" of the Dirección General de Sanidad became insufficient before existing demands. Therefore, the newborn Boletín Técnico changed its periodicity from bimonthly to monthly in the first issue of 1927.
Since its foundation, the journal's primary goals have been remaining throughout the years: to publish original researches and technical studies carried out by the public health professionals of the country, as well as works and documents from foreigners which are of interest to the national Public Health, as stated Francisco Murillo, at the time General Director of Sanitary Management, in its first issue.
Undoubtedly, the Revista has faced a series of changes, with the purpose of conforming it to the many transformations that have happened during all those years. Such changes include its title and structure, that modernized its editorial management and the diffusion of its works, as well as its electronic publication on the Internet today.
With reference to its title, the Revista was published as Boletín Técnico de la Dirección General de Sanidad from 1926 to 1931. In 1932 it changed to Revista de Sanidad e Higiene Pública, keeping the former title as its subtitle, later replaced by Boletín Técnico de la Dirección General de Salud Pública y Sanidad Veterinaria from the July-August 1977 issue, due to the creation of the Ministerio de Sanidad y Seguridad Social. This subtitle was definitively excluded in 1987, remaining the title Revista de Sanidad e Higiene Pública as its sole name.
In 1995 there was a new title change to the current Revista Española de Salud Pública. This was necessary once the expression "Salud Pública" (Public Health) had already replaced previous terms such as "Sanidad" (Sanitary) and "Higiene" (Hygiene).
The Revista's presentation style and its several sections have also been changed in different circumstances. In January 1989 the editorials were reintroduced, once they had been published in other stages. The sections "Revista de Revistas" (Review of Journals) and "Noticias de la OMS" (News from WHO) disappeared, and the section "Cartas al Director" (Letters to the Director) was introduced.
In the same year, a Scientific Committee and an Editorial Committee were organized, and an external peer review system was established, which operates with the colaboration of specialists in the research area and in the methodologies used in investigations. The journal also adopted as its publishing standard the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals", developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, best known as Vancouver Style (please see Instructions to authors). Following such a standard enables the Revista to be indexed by the main biomedical databases, offering a better diffusion to published works, their authors and institutions.
In January 1991, a new presentation style was introduced, changing the format and the kind of information published in the cover, and replacing the Roman numerals used for identifying the volume by the Arabic ones. From then on the pages have been composed in two columns, the index published also in English, the structured abstract adopted, and the author and subject indexes, as well as the reviewers list published annually.
Besides this, to the former structure of the Scientific Committee and Editorial Committee (today composed by the general directors for public health from each independent community), it was added the Redaction Committee in 1995, composed by professionals from the Direção Geral de Saúde Pública of the Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, who direct and execute the journal's editorial process.
Still in 1995, together with the journal title change, the cover layout was modified again without alterating the information it presents.
The Revista Española de Salud Pública is exchanged with other national and international scientific journals, making the diffusion of the works it publishes considered important. This reflects positively in the research and study carried out in the country.
Now published also on the Internet, it is expected that the Revista Española de Salud Pública, the elder journal in the country specialized in public health and sanitary management, keeps its primary objectives, as well as keeps contributing to the diffusion of the main research works carried out in Spain next years.
The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev Esp Salud Pública, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, bibliographical references and strips.
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