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Letter to the Editor - Year 2017 - Volume 32 - Issue 3

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the manuscript by Grassi Salles, which highlights the efforts made by the editorial staff of the Brazilian Journal of Plastic Surgery to improve the impact of this publication1.

Scientometric provides an overview of status of scientific journals and their progress. The h5-index is one of the scientometric indicators made available by Google Scholar Metrics2-5.

The value of the h5 - index is based on median of papers published within the last 5 years in order to calculate the position of the journal This index constitutes the largest number h such that h articles published in 2012-2016 had at least h times citation each.

The h5 - index of Ibero-Latin American journals on plastic surgery and burns are summarized in Table 1.

The indicator is remarkable to Brazilian journals, mainly the Brazilian Journal of Plastic Surgery that occupies the first position among Ibero-Latin American journals on plastic surgery and burns.


1. Grassi Salles A. Impact Factor of the Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica (Brazilian Journal of Plastic Surgery). Rev Bras Cir Plást. 2016;31(2):292.

2. Acosta-Batista C, Mullings-Pérez R. Medwave scientometric indicators in Scopus and future challenges. Medwave 2016;16(9):e6575. DOI: 10.5867/medwave.2016.09.6575 DOI:

3. Hirsch JE. An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005;102(46):16569-72. DOI:

4. Google Scholar Metrics [Internet]. California: Googleplex; 2012. [cited 25 May 2017]. Available from: venues&hl=en&vq=es

5. Benet-Rodríguez M, Morejón-Giraldoni A. Posicionamiento de las revistas científicas de la salud en Cuba según el índice H5 obtenido del Google Scholar Metrics. Medisur [revista en Internet]. 2016 [cited 2017 May 25]; 14(2):[aprox. 8 p.]. Available from:

1. Hospital Universitario General Calixto García, Havana, Cuba
2. Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
3. Instituto Nacional de Oncología y Radiobiología, Havana, Cuba

Institution: Hospital Universitario General Calixto García, Havana, Cuba.

Corresponding author:
Carlos Acosta-Batista
Street 88c Number 4332 between 43 and 45, Marianao
Havana, Cuba - Zip Code 11400

Article received: July 11, 2017.
Article accepted: August 7, 2017.

Conflicts of interest: none.


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