About the Journal

Focus and Scope
Spanish Journal of Scientific Documentation (REDC) is a journal edited by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). It has been published quarterly since 1977. The main objective of this journal is to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge among researchers in the field of Library and Information Science and those involved in the use of scientific, technical and strategic information for science policy and decision. making. REDC includes research papers dealing with experimental and theoretical topics. The articles published in REDC include titles, abstracts and keywords in English in order to facilitate their international visibility.
Peer Review Process
Spanish Journal of Scientific Documentation (REDC) will confirm receipt of all original manuscripts received.

The Editorial Board may reject an article without evaluating if it does not adhere rigorously to the guidelines, both formal and content, or if its contents do not fall within the scope of the journal.

After this preliminary analysis all articles will be submitted to an external review according to the double-blind peer review process in which at least two external referees will participate, appealing to a third party if necessary. Those referees should be prestigious researchers specialized in the subject. The anonymity of both the author and the reviewers will be maintained, however, the lists of external reviewers who have collaborated with the journal in previous years will be published periodically, with prior authorization.

Authors will be notified on the acceptance or definitive rejection of the article.

Dates of receipt and approval will be indicated in each published article.

The Editorial Board, attending the external reports, will be in charge of making the decision on whether to reject or accept each article.

Publication Frequency
Revista española de Documentación Científica (REDC) is published in one yearly volume, divided into four quarterly issues appearing in March, June, September and December.

Open Access Policy
There are no processing charges.

Anti-plagiarism Policy
Editorial CSIC is a member of Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative started by Crossref to screen published and submitted content for originality.

Through Similarity Check, we use the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted or published manuscripts.

By depositing all of our content in the Similarity Check database we allow other Similarity Check members to screen their submissions against our published articles.

Further details on our authorship, originality and plagiarism policies can be found in our Good editorial practice guidelines section.

Crossref Similarity Check
Authorship identification
This Journal applies the ORCID ® persistent digital identifier as a way to ensure proper authorship normalisation.

Sales and Subscriptions
Subscriptions Contact
Editorial CSIC
Vitruvio, 8. 28006 Madrid
Magazine Section.

For inquiry about printed format email to publ@csic.es

You may purchase single full issues or subscribe to the digital collection as PDF through the following vendors:
Casalini Libri spa

Exemption of responsibility
The opinions and facts stated in each article are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. The “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas” is not responsible in any case for the credibility and authenticity of the work.

Indexing systems
The original papers published by the REDC are systematically indexed by the most important bibliographic databases in the field of Library and Information Sciences, including: Social Sciences Citation Index Database (SSCI) and Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics), so it is available through the Web of Science; SCOPUS (Elsevier Bibliographic Databases); CWTS Leiden Ranking (Journal indicators); Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) (USA); ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences) from the European Science Foundation; DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). REDIB (Ibero-American Network of Innovation and Knowledge). The REDC is also represented in the Spanish databases ISOC-Library Science and Documentation (produced by the CSIC), and DIALNET (University of La Rioja), among others, as well as in the LATINDEX catalog (Regional Online Information System for Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal). The journal has been distinguished with the excellent journal certificate by FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology).

Interoperability protocols
Revista Española de Documentación Científica (REDC) provides an interface OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) that allows other websites and information services to harvest the published content metadata.


OAI-PMH Protocol Version 2.0
Dublin Core Metadata

Digital preservation policy
This journal develops various processes in order to preserve permanent access to digital objects hosted on its own servers:

- Backups.
- Monitoring of the technological environment to foresee possible migrations of obsolete formats or software.
- Digital preservation metadata.
- Use of DOI.

The files published on this website are available in easily reproducible formats (PDF, HTML and XML-JATS labeled according to NLM Journal Publishing 3.0).

This journal is part of the Public Knowledge Project’s Private LOCKSS Network (PKP-PLN). PKP-PLN generates a decentralized archive system distributed among collaborating libraries in order to create permanent archives of the journal for preservation of the authentic original version of the content and its restoration if necessary.

Digital preservation policy will be periodically reviewed by Editorial CSIC.

Research data policy
We recommend authors depositing data obtained from the research developed for the preparation of their article in repositories of recognized prestige, specific to the discipline or of a generalist nature. In any case, it must be a FAIR repository (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), preferably in open access.

There are several repositories destined to conserve and disseminate concrete data such as results of surveys, observations, interviews, simulations, automatically collected data, samples, models ... If necessary, authors can consult the Registry of Research Data Repositories re3data taking into account that each repository has its own deposit rules.

Those CSIC authors who would like to deposit their datasets in Digital.CSIC may do so by following these guidelines. They can use the Servicio de Archivo Delegado made available by the Technical Office of DIGITAL.CSIC and the Red de Bibliotecas CSIC.

DIGITAL.CSIC generates DOIs for datasets and associated software and is certified as data repository in re3data and Repository Finder. More information at Política de datos en Digital.CSIC.

If the author has deposited datasets in a repository, he should mention it in the article providing a brief description of the type of data deposited, the name and URL of the repository, the identification code and the data of the license for use and distribution. This information must be included at the end of the article, immediately before the bibliographic listing, under the heading "Data availability".

List of reviewers 2018-2019
Revista española de Documentación Científica (REDC) is very grateful to all those scholars who kindly collaborated in the evaluation process along 2018 and 2019.

List of reviewers 2016-2017

scholars who kindly collaborated in the evaluation process along 2014 and 2015.