© The Authors, 2023, Published by the Universidad del Zulia
Rev. Fac. Agron. (LUZ). 2023, 40(1): e234001
ISSN 2477-9407
DOI: https://doi.org/10.47280/RevFacAgron(LUZ).v40.n1.01
Celebrating 55 years of uninterrupted publication
Celebramos 55 años de publicación ininterrumpida
Celebração 55 anos de publicação ininterrupta
Editor in Chief: Dr. Jorge Vilchez-Perozo
University of Zulia, Faculty of Agronomy
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
In October 2023, the Revista de la Facultad de Agronomía will celebrate 55 years since the publication of its rst issue...and in the words of
the rst Dean of the Facultad de
Agronomía, Dr. Hugo González Rincón, “we were inspired by the desire to bring to those interested some of the
information produced in our Institution or collected and condensed from the extensive world literature”. From that first issue to No. 1 of
volume 40, currently in publication, the journal has had many achievements, among which it is worth mentioning.
In 1993, it was awarded by the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientícas y Tecnológicas (CONICIT) with the “Tulio Arends” prize
as the best National Scientic or Technological Journal. In 2008, it was ranked third in the results of the FONACIT-2007 merit evaluation in the
AGRO area. In April 2008, the journal entered the Science Citation Index Expanded and Scopus, bibliometric indexes recognized worldwide,
where it remains to date. In 2009, in the evaluation of merits FONACIT-2008, it was catalogued as a type A publication. In 2010 it ranked rst
in the results of the evaluation of merits FONACIT-2009 in the area of AGRO and second place within the journals of the Universidad del Zulia
and in 2010 it was awarded the Order Jesús Enrique Lossada in its only class.
In 2004, the journal entered cyberspace with its own website and became bilingual in the printed version as of 2007. The sustained reduction
of the university budget imposed by the national government, caused the suspension of the subsidy granted by the Consejo de Desarrollo
Cientíco, Tecnológico y Humanístico for its printed publication and circulation in mid-2015, so the last printed issue was published in October
of the same year. As of 2016, only the abstracts and titles of the scientic articles are published in a bilingual digital version in Spanish and
English and in Portuguese.
In 2022, the image of the journal was refreshed and modernized, in addition to publishing the articles only in English and its archives are
hosted in the portal of Scientic and Humanistic Journals of the Universidad del Zulia Revicyh-LUZ (https://produccioncienticaluz.org/index.
The social crisis that aicts Venezuelans has also aected the journal, aecting its normal operation. However, the mystique in the work
and a high sense of belonging of the sta of the Revista de la Facultad de Agronomía, who faithful to the legacy of our illustrious rector Jesús
Enrique Lossada have not been daunted, have allowed today our journal to reduce the average time of publication of scientic articles from 9
months in 2018 to 3 months in 2022.
The journal is indexed in more than ten prestigious bibliometric indexes. Our journal entered the Scimago index in 2017 with an h-index of
3 and today its h-index is 8, likewise the h-index in the scientic search engine Scholar Google is 33 and only in mid-2017 the articles published
in the journal began to be entered in this search engine.
The accumulated statistics of the journal for the year 2022 in CrossRef portal indicate that there had been just under 10,000 downloads of
scientic articles.
In mid-2018 the journal was notied o f i ts i nclusion in Cabell’s Whitelist listings. T his is a l ist o f m ore t han 11,000 journals f rom 18
disciplines that are a guide for researchers and institutions to get the maximum impact from their research.
The future is an opportunity for the journal to continue growing and reaping success, improving its indexing and publishing current articles.
Finally, it is necessary to highlight the support of the authorities of the Faculty of Agronomy for the journal and especially the Editorial
Committee, without their work it would be impossible to maintain the periodicity of our fty-year old Revista de la Facultad de Agronomía.