EDITORIAL

 

 

We close the year of 2009 with a 75% increase in the total number of submitted papers (717) received compared to 2008. This evolution demanded a great effort of the editorial body concerning the appraisal of scientific merit of the manuscripts in view of our journal's publication limits. In spite of this, we have been able to reduce the time elapsed between submission and publication, as a result both of the adoption of the pre-evaluation of all the submitted papers and of the use of the Scielo Submission system of electronic management of the processes. The pre-evaluation has also accelerated the process due to the reduction in the volume of papers under appraisal.

Aiming to improve our editorial work, in the next year Interface will begin the pre-publication (ahead of print) of the approved manuscripts in the SciELO library, promoting greater dissemination in the scientific community and, with the assignment of a doi number, the immediate and correct register of the received quotations. Also as an initiative to extend the access, especially the international one, the authors whose approved papers were submitted in Portuguese or Spanish will be invited to present the text in English for publication in the journal's electronic version. These manuscripts will also be included in the Scielo Social Sciences Library, as has been occurring since 2006. It is interesting to inform that, recently, a paper published by Interface in Scielo Social Sciences was invited to integrate a collection published in English by a university press from India, which came to know about it in this Library. This stresses the relevance of this international dissemination space of our journals.

The increase in submissions and publication of papers by authors from foreign institutions (6% of the total number of papers published in 2009) is also a result of the visibility reached by the Libraries Scielo Brasil and Scielo Social Sciences.

Aiming to continue with the process of internationalization of our journal, in the next year we will strive to promote Interface's indexation in new databases.

All these data indicate that 2010 will be another very busy year for the journal's Editorial Body and all our collaborators! And, we hope, a year of new achievements!

 

The editors

UNESP Botucatu - SP - Brazil
E-mail: intface@fmb.unesp.br