LILACS Methodology

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The LILACS Methodology was projected in order to produce a decentralized referential index of Health Sciences literature published by authors from Latin America and Caribbean Region. Due to its production context and design, it is clearly seen emphasis on:

  • Content over form;
  • Access to the document, either by link or photocopy;
  • Institutional affiliation and country of the authors with the possibility to creating bibliometrics;
  • Document description at analytical level;
  • Data consistency controls;
  • Decentralized production, depending on the constitution of the Cooperating Centers network.

Given these characteristics, the constitution of the Methodology adopted as standards:

  • 'UNISIST' (United Nations International Scientific Information System) – Model for disseminating information. A communication model of a social system, consisting of producers, intermediaries and knowledge users [ see also], [[1]] and [[2]];
  • AARC2;
  • DeCS (MeSH version in Portuguese and Spanish with the inclusion of Public Health, Health Surveillance, Health and Science and Homeopathy categories);
  • And later, expansion of the document types accepted by LILACS Methodology according to MARC format.

It is important to highlight the context of a production of a base, standards, etc. , since it defines the reasons for the choice of adopted standards.

Basically, a base designed as a library catalog has the following functions:

  • Bibliographic Description aiming physical description;
  • Indication of access points (subject headings);
  • Data of material location

Development, update and maintenaince of LILACS Methodology

LILACS Methodology has been developed and updated by technical specialists group involving librarians and system analysts. It consisted in 1999 by LILACS Brazil Journal Selection Committee which, among other activities, works with revision of Journal Selection Criteria for the LILACS Database and recommendations about scientific content and full text accessibility. Methodology updates and revisions are made on:


Given the complexity of the current situation in which there is a constant change of scenery both in scientific as well social and cultural changes that encourages and seeks interaction and cooperation, end users of systems and scientific networks are increasingly proactive, conscious and always demanding new developments.

Accordingly, and based on scientific and technical cooperation that permeates every action of the network, all development, upgrade and maintenance of the LILACS Methodology will be performed collaboratively. See instructions on what and how to request changes, updates, ask questions and suggest additions: Guia para Colaboração com a Metodologia LILACS (Only in Portuguese version)

Standards, formats and methodologies adopted globally and their impact on LILACS

In this item we will begin the study of standards, formats, methodologies, etc..,which impacting on the LILACS Methodology.

LILACS Methodology Documents

Guides and Manuals

  • Manual Document Indexing for LILACS Database (Only In Portuguese and Spanish versions)

Technical Notes

  • Security recommendations in LILDBI-Web ([3])

Technical-methodological support documents

See also