Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
LEMOS, Antonio Agenor Briquet de. A critical appraisal of an institutional journal: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1993, vol.9, n.2, pp. 161-169. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1993000200007.
The journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, founded and maintained over the course of many years for the exclusive publication of research results from one single institution, has undergone changes over the last decade which have resulted in an open journal. Conditions leading to the journal's founding and the excellent role it has played in the dissemination of knowledge produced by the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz are examined. The fact that it has differed from journals published by scientific societies does not diminish its importance. The present option to give this journal an international slant, with possibilities for competing on the foreign market, and which would be facilitated by the preference given to papers written in English, raises some questions about the role of Brazilian specialized journals within the framework of our scientific development.
Keywords : Periodicals; Academies and Institutes; Tropical Medicine.