Scientific journals are among the most important scientific dissemination means, and their role in the advancement of medicine is crucial. The purpose of the study was to determine the factors associated to knowledge about scientific journals among students from 40 Latin American medical schools. The study was based on a cross-sectional secondary data analysis design. Knowledge about scientific journals was defined when the student responded correctly to the name of any scientific journal. P-values were obtained using generalized linear mixed effect multilevel models. Of the total 11 587 participants, 53.8% were female; mean age was 21 years. Only 1.4% reported knowledge about scientific journals. The following variables were associated to greater knowledge about scientific journals: age in years (AR= 1.06; CI 95 %: 1.04-1.07), studying in a private university (AR= 1.50; CI: 95 %: 1.19-1.66); being affiliated to a scientific society (AR= 1.31; CI: 95 %: 1.09-1.56); the research group (AR= 1.55; CI: 95 %: 1.24-1.93) and more than 1 extracurricular group (AR= 2.02; CI: 95 %: 1.39-2.93); as well as reporting an intermediate level in English (AR= 2.12; CI: 95 %: 1.68-2.67); or an advanced level in English (AR= 2.12; CI: 95 %: 1.65-2.72); training in bibliographic search (AR= 1.40; CI: 95 %: 1.19-1.66); the database (AR= 1.40; CI: 95 %: 1.18-1.52); critical reading (AR= 1.34; CI: 95 %: 1.18-1.52) and reference managers (AR= 1.32; CI 95 %: 1.16-1.51). It is concluded that knowledge about scientific journals seems to be greater among students trained in research and affiliated to scientific groups. It is recommended to reinforce the scientific-academic skills essential to medical training.
|Translated title of the contribution||Factors associated to knowledge about scientific journals among latin american medical students|
|Journal||Revista Cubana de Informacion en Ciencias de la Salud|
|State||Indexed - 2020|
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Los autores quisieran agradecer al Grupo Proyecto Multicéntrico Latinoamericano (PMC) por sus contribuciones en la recolección de datos. National Institute of Mental Health y Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) bajo el Grant D43TW009343, así como University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI), han financiado al Dr. Mario J. Valladares-Garrido. Los financiadores no han tenido un rol en el diseño del estudio, el análisis de datos, la decisión para la publicación o la preparación del manuscrito.
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