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Silvia Costa Lopes, Rui Loureiro, António J. Almeida


Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon



Bibliometric studies are increasingly being used for research assessment at University of Lisbon. Scientific production is essential for academic and research activities. It is an instrument by which the scientific community shows the results, the relevance and importance of research. It is the main indicator of the quality and performance of researchers and institutions. Bibliometric is currently used to assess the productivity of authors and performing citation studies. From the different approaches to bibliometric analysis, could stand out the study and analysis of trends and growth of certain areas of knowledge, the study of the impact of publications and dissemination of information and the identification of the most productive authors and institutions and nuclear journals within each scientific field. The University of Lisbon has been preparing bibliometric studies based on Web of Science and Scopus, in accordance with the rules of affiliation adopted at the university. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the growth of publications and to characterize the research outputs of the Faculty of Pharmacy (FFUL) and, based on the bibliometric study of the University of Lisbon, to compare its position within University of Lisbon and with the health sciences’ schools.


Publications affiliated to FFUL, between 2016 and 2018 were searched in Scopus and Web of Science databases. Publications indexed in both databases were identified and duplicates have been eliminated. All types of publications were retrieved. A list of books and book chapters previously identified were considered. Affiliation criteria were “Universidade de Lisboa” with mention to “Faculdade de Farmácia” or “Instituto de Investigação do Medicamento”. Affiliations in English or acronyms were considered. The publications were analyzed by document type, authors and departments. For the bibliometric study of University of Lisbon were considered only publications indexed as journal articles and all the books and book chapters. The search strategy was validated. Comparison of number of publications with other schools and the ratio of publication by FTEs for school were performed.  


A total of 1082 publications affiliated to FFUL were retrieved (769 articles, 157 books and book chapters, 268 other indexed publications). Associated department and interdepartmental collaborations were identified. For the bibliometric study the university considered only original articles (n=640) and books and book chapters (n=157). Systematic reviews and review articles were excluded to this analysis. Faculty of Pharmacy was the second to last of the Health sciences Schools (n=6) of University of Lisbon for the number of publications. Analyzing the ratio between publications and number of FTEs, Faculty of Pharmacy stay in the 1st place in health sciences schools and the 2nd place in the entire University of Lisbon (2,06 articles/researcher). 


Bibliometric studies are useful tools for evaluating universities and their schools. Internal policy decisions can be made based on these studies. This study and the results presented are a prior approach to other future studies such as citation analysis, research patterns, international research networks and risk and quality management of the FFUL.


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