Electronic Library on Line, www.scielo.bireme.br) is aprogram aimed at
offering a core of Brazilian Scientific Journals in an open access mode at
internet. This initiative has been followed by other Latin American, Caribbean
and Iberian countries. Along with the development of the open accessed
electronic library, a complementary scientometric/bibliometric database has
been set up which permit to retrieve citation data of more than 40,000 articles.
The robustness that this database has now achieved allows one to make important
studies which were not possible before, using only the international Institute
for Scientific Information (ISI) database.