Población y Salud en Mesoamérica ISSN electrónico: 1659-0201

OAI: https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/psm/oai

About the Journal

The journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is a free and open access electronic journal of the Centro Centroamericano de Población, University of Costa Rica. The journal receives national and international articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

The journal's coverage is related to public health, demography, public health policies and other health determinants related to populations and their composition.

The primary objective of this publication is to disseminate the results of research in the different disciplines of knowledge based on population studies from the demographic perspective, i.e. the determinants and consequences of the dynamics of the size and composition of human populations. We will also receive contributions based on public health research, where health is studied from a population perspective and subject to public policy interventions. Original papers that have not yet been published will be accepted.

The target audience of this publication are researchers, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, professionals in the thematic area of the journal and interested general public.

As of 2024 its periodicity is biannual with continuous publication. The first issue opens on January 1st and covers the months from January to June, and the second issue opens on July 1st and covers the months from July to December. Articles are received throughout the year.

Mission: To contribute, through the publication of high quality scientific papers, nationally and internationally, to:

-Disciplinary and scientific development of public and population health sciences and demography.
-Progress in population health
-Dissemination of new knowledge in the area.
-Decision-making on policy issues, public and population health and demography.
-And the dissemination of research by professionals in the area.

Vision: to be the scientific journal par excellence in public and population health sciences and demography for its quality, innovation and continuous improvement, nationally and internationally.


  -  Leadership,
  -  Innovation,
  - Quality,
  - Transparency,
  - Commitment,
  - Efficiency

The review process of the Revista Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is carried out through the peer review system with the double blind modality, where the personal data of the evaluators will be reserved in order to avoid conflicts with the authors.

It is estimated that the evaluation process will take approximately two months, using the peer review arbitration system procedure in which two reviewers from outside the institution, experts in the subject of the article, evaluate it to determine its quality and validity according to the criteria established by the journal. Thus, the steps involved in the review of the article and its acceptance are as follows:

1. When an article is received for review in the journal, the editor performs a first review to determine that it meets all the requirements of form requested according to the type of article. If the article does not comply with the requirements, it will be immediately rejected.

2. Once the article passes this first filter, the Editorial Committee will select two specialists from outside the publishing institution of the same rank as the author and from the area of the article's subject to send it for review. In this step, the article is sent anonymously and all data related to the author is eliminated to avoid conflicts of interest.

3. The specialists have a maximum time of 4 weeks to analyze and review the article, evaluate it with the parameters indicated by the journal and add specific observations. In this evaluation, the reviewers should indicate an opinion according to the following rulings:

-It is recommended for publication
-Recommended for publication with the observations
-Not to publish
-Publication pending

You can see the evaluation formula by clicking here.

Once this analysis is concluded, the article with its evaluation is sent to the editor.

If one of the reviewers does not agree with its publication, the article will be submitted to a third reviewer. This process may take another month.

4. After the analysis and review, according to the observations and the peer reviewers' rating, it will be analyzed if the article will be approved by the journal. If so, the documents will be returned to the authors, with the purpose of including the observations and recommendations made by the evaluators within the deadline established by the Editorial Committee. If the document is not submitted on time, its publication will be moved to the next issue.

The final decision on whether to publish or reject the manuscript will always be the responsibility of the journal's editorial committee, this also applies in case of controversy between reviewers.

5. When the author submits the article with corrections, it will be verified by the editor and reviewers. If the document still does not meet the requested corrections and quality standards, it will be sent again until the document is ready according to the reviewers' criteria.

The Editorial Board of the Electronic Journal is responsible for the delivery and return of the papers, in addition to reviewing the use of citations and bibliographical references and the recommendations of the form of the articles.

The time taken from the date of receipt of the document to the date of acceptance is approximately 4, 5 months.

If you have any questions about the process please write to: revista.ccp@ucr.ac.cr

The periodicity of the journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is biannual with continuous publication. The first issue is published on January 1st and covers the months from January to June (opens on January 1st and closes on June 30th), and the second issue is published on July 1st and covers the months from July to December (opens on July 1st and closes on December 31st). Articles are received throughout the year and are assigned to an issue according to their arrival; they are published once they are ready.

NOTE: Starting from volume 22(1) in 2024, the continuous publication model is implemented.

Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is a scientific journal that follows the principles of the international Open Access movement established in Budapest (BOAI, 2002), Berlin (2003) and Bethesda (2003), so that the publications of this journal comply with these conditions:

   1. To guarantee the free, irrevocable, worldwide right to access the information, as well as to copy, use, distribute, transmit, display, make hard copies for personal use, make adaptations and derivatives as well as their respective distribution, with appropriate acknowledgements of authorship.
   2.  Access a complete version of the document and its supplementary materials with indication of permission for its use in standard electronic format and its deposit in an appropriate digital repository supported by an academic institution, government, a society or organization that follows open access standards, unrestricted distribution and interoperability mechanisms.

Población y Salud en Mesoamérica registers their contributions under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license; this license allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon their work on a non-commercial basis, as long as they credit and license their new creations under the same terms.

Población y Salud en Mesoamérica does NOT make any charge related to the application, evaluation, publication or assignment of the Open Access license.

Población y Salud en Mesoamérica makes available its Ethics and Good Editorial Practices Policy.

These guidelines were approved by the Editorial Board on August 31, 2016 and are based on the following documents:


  • Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, de Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, 2015).
  • COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, de Committee on Publication Ethics (2013).
  • Retraction Guidelines, de Committee on Publication Ethics (2009).
  • Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, de International Committee Of Medical Journal Editors (2015).
  • Ethics in Research & Publication, Elsevier (2014).
  • Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, COPE (2011).
  • Ética en revistas científicas, Baiget (2010).


  • Ley N° 6683 sobre Derechos de Autor y Derechos Conexos y sus reformas en la Ley N° 7979, de la República de Costa Rica.
  • Reglamento de la Investigación, Universidad de Costa Rica (2016).

To read the Policy, click HERE.

Plagiarism is a fraudulent act that consists of the use of bibliographic material elaborated by third parties without directly acknowledging the authorship of others, making it appear that the text presented is one's own, either partially or in its entirety.

In the journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica, the detection of plagiarism and self-plagiarism can compromise the publication of the manuscript submitted, for this purpose, the TURNITIN software is used, which facilitates the search for bibliographic coincidences.

If plagiarism is found, the persons involved will be notified and if the situation is not resolved, the manuscript will be rejected for publication in this journal.

Each case will be evaluated individually by the Editorial Committee to determine the most appropriate procedure in each situation in accordance with the code of ethics and good editorial practices of the Journal.

The journal has preservation of its digital files (pdf) by means of a redundant storage system which consists of an array of hard disks with the objective of creating a greater tolerance to failures, the device is located in the facilities of the Centro Centroamericano de Población of the Universidad de Costa Rica, and is kept under lock and key with controlled access.

It also has the digital backup provided by the institutional repository of the University of Costa Rica.

The LOCKSS system is used to create an archive that is distributed among the associated libraries, which create a backup that allows the articles to be harvested in case they need to be restored.

The journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica, in accordance with the policies of the Universidad de Costa Rica, seeks to promote the use of non-sexist language in scientific publications. For this reason, the journal requests those who submit papers for publication in the portal to use forms that include both women and men in their texts. The use of non-sexist language is not a binding criterion for the rejection of the manuscript; however, applicants must abide by the recommendations that may arise during the editorial process of the manuscript to ensure that the text presents a non-sexist language.

Otras guías de apoyo

Población y Salud en Mesoamérica is indexed and registered in:


  • Scopus
  • Emerging Science Citation Index: database of emerging journals that are being evaluated for entry into the Web of Science Core Collections databases.
  • UCRIndex: index of scientific journals of the University of Costa Rica.
  • SciELO: electronic library and indexer of scientific journals on the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • SciELO Citation Index: Cooperative platform between Scielo and Thomson Reuters for the promotion of articles published by the journals in SciELO and the accounting of citations in Web of Science.
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBBS): online bibliographic index for social science and interdisciplinary research from ProQuest.
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences): web portal and index of scientific journals developed by the Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) of the European Science Foundation (ESF).
  • HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index): web portal of Spanish-American and Caribbean transdisciplinary scientific journals.
  • LILACS (Literatura Latinoamericana y del Caribe en Ciencias de la Salud): Virtual health library.
  • Free Medical Journals. Promoting free access to medical journals
  • Publons
  • PKP Index


  • LATINDEX: Information system on scientific research, technical-professional and scientific and cultural dissemination journals published in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  • RedALyC (Sistema de Información Científica Redalyc Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal): platform of scientific journals and scientific information services in open access at international level.
  • Sherpa/Romeo: database of editorial policies regarding self-archiving of journal articles on the web and open access bases.
  • REDIB (Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico): platform for the aggregation of scientific and academic content in electronic format produced in Latin America.
  • DIALNET: bibliographic portal of Hispanic scientific literature of the University of La Rioja.
  • BIBLAT: portal specialized in scientific and academic journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Periódica: bibliographic database of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) that integrates scientific journals from Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • ACADÉMICA: interactive platform, promoted by TELMEX, which brings together educational content from prestigious higher education institutions and international research centers.
  • REBIUN: Collective catalog of the University Libraries Network (REBIUN) brings together the bibliographic records of the 76 university and CSIC libraries that are part of this network.
  • MIAR: Information Matrix for Journal Analysis
  • ROAD: Directory of Open Access Scientific and University Resources
  • Georgetown University Library
  • Crossref
  • OAJI: Open Academic Journal Index
  • CIRC: Clasificación Integrada de Revistas Científicas
  • Scilit
  • JournalTOCs
  • CORE


  • DOAJ: online directory of quality open access scientific journals.
  • MIAR (Matriz de Información para el Análisis de Revistas): database that gathers key information for the identification and analysis of journals, which generates correspondence matrices between the journals, identified by their ISSN, and the databases and repertories that index or include them.
  • ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources): is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.
  • Universia: Universia Foundation's library of learning resources.
  • LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center): portal of Latin American web resources.
  • Free Medical Journal's: web portal of free medical scientific journals.
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory: ProQuest's global directory of periodicals.
  • Academic Journals Database: Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge


  • Biblioteca Virtual en Población y Salud: digital repository on health and population issues of the Centro Centroamericano de Población.
  • Kimuk: Costa Rica's national repository promoted by the National Council of Rectors (CONARE).
  • Kerwá: institutional repository of the University of Costa Rica.
  • LA Referencia: Network of open access repositories for science.
  • Recolecta: Open Science Collector
  • AMELICA: communication infrastructure for scholarly publishing and open science


The journal Población y Salud en Mesoamérica has received the following awards:





he Journal Población y Salud de Mesoamérica is a publication of the Centro Centroamericano de Población (CCP) and was created in 2003 at the University of Costa Rica.