Thesaurus: Keywords

Posted on June 11th, 2018 by Angel Torres Toukoumidis

Author Angel Torres Toukoumidis – Translation: Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

The incorporation of keywords implies a practical alternative to describe and register a document, for it, the thesaurus is used particularly, that unlike a dictionary, it is a list of words grouped according to the similarities of the meaning and not in alphabetical order. To sum up, thesaurus are used as a means of restricting the keywords by focusing on a controlled vocabulary that allows to order properly knowledge about the subject in matter.

It is estimated that more than 16,000 scientific journals use a thesaurus for the standardization of terms. Within this field, thesaurus are known for their functionality in the retrieval of information as well as in the search for specific terms, thus facilitating the refinement of the results and detailed comparisons of the categories. Therefore, the idea of ​​integrating a thesaurus in a scientific journal, not only benefits the editors, but also the authors themselves, managing to locate publications under the same theme that can serve as bibliographic support, ideas for future research and suggestions regarding the limitations of the study.

Thesaurus can be organized according to areas of knowledge. In medicine, it stands out Mesh (Medical Subject Headings), engineering the IEEE thesaurus, ERIC thesaurus education, however, nowadays the plurilingual thesaurus are increasingly being used as is the case of AGRICOLA oriented to biological sciences and that is found in Spanish and English, OECD Macrothesaurus on economic and social development in Spanish, French and Spanish, and last but not least, there are two multidisciplinary thesaurus, Eurovoc that is published in the 27 languages ​​of the European Union and the UNESCO thesaurus presented in English, Spanish, French and Russian. This last one, exposes a list that incorporates terms of education, science, culture, social and human sciences, information and communication, politics, law and economics. In fact, Comunicar journal applies the UNESCO thesaurus for the use of descriptors in both Spanish and standardized scientific English.

It is recommended to review the publication keywords of Comunicar School of Authors to know more about the matter.

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About Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

Erika Lucía González Carrión nació en Loja-Ecuador el 29 de marzo de 1994. Posee una licenciatura en Comunicación Social por la Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) y además una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación con mención en Idioma Inglés por la Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). En la actulidad cursa el Máster Internacional en Comunicación y Educación Audiovisual, promovido por la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía y la Universidad de Huelva. Además, cuenta con una certificación internacional de conocimiento del Idioma Inglés, dentro del Marco Común Europeo de las Lenguas. Dentro del ámbito de la Comunicación Social investiga el área radiofónica y realiza traducciones de artículos científicos. Erika Lucía González Carrión was born in Loja-Ecuador on March 29th, 1994. She got her bachelor’s degree in Social Communication at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) and additionally she got a bachelor’s degree in Sciences of Education, English Language Specialization at Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). Nowadays she is studying the Master degree in Communication and Audiovisual Education, promoted by the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Universidad de Huelva . Moreover, she has an international certification of knowledge in the English Language, within the Common European Framework of the Languages. In the Social Communication field she investigates the radio and makes translations of scientific articles.
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