The Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y El Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc) project started in October 2002 with the general aim of building a scientific information system made up by the leading journals of all the knowledge areas edited in and about Latin America. Nowadays, Redalyc is an information system that also evaluates the scientific and editorial quality of knowledge in Ibero-America. A research group generates bibliometric indicators about the impact of the journals, authors and countries included in the journal electronic library. Redalyc has been consolidated as an important repository of knowledge with 550 journals online and more than 116 000 full-text articles.
Since its creation Redalyc set a goal: to give visibility to the scientific production generated in Ibero-America, that is underestimated in the world-wide scene due to different factors like low investment in science and technology, the low participation of Latin American scientists in the main current of science, measured by the percentage of articles signed by Latin American authors in main databases and the low impact of that production
The main communication vehicle of academic and scientific means is the publication in scientific journals. In this sense, the Latin American participation of authors or institutions in principal journals or the impact of journals produced in the region allows to know the effect of Latin American science in the world. According to Ricyt (2002), the participation of the Latin American scientists in “the main current of science”, measured by the percentage of articles signed by authors of Latin America in the main databases that register scientific publications was practically null, less than 3% in the important repositories, although there was a growing, for example, 2,7% in the Science Citation Index (SCI).
Redalyc is an effort working under Open Access supported by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México  with the help of hundreds superior education institutions and information systems. Using the slogan, La ciencia que no se ve no existe (Science that is not seen does not exist) Redalyc has taken a giant step forward in providing access to academic research produced in Latin America. It is anticipated that the visibility of the full text of these journals will increase the citation rates and global research impact of Latin American scholarship.
Redalyc provides the following services:
- A Scientific Journal Electronic Library
- Bibliometric indicators
- Socio-scientific networks
- Grouping of journals
- Usage indicators
Scientific Journal Electronic Library
Organized in two main areas (Social and Natural Sciences) and many specialised sub-sections, Redalyc gathers journals published in 15 countries, with over 550 journals and 16,000 articles available in PDF format, along with abstracts in Spanish and English languages, reference information and other metadata. Similarly to parallel projects such as Latindex, Redalyc fully embraces open access and its material is released under a Creative Commons license and is free to download. Along with a keyword search on each page, users can browse the catalogue by title, author, country or subject. 
Social Sciences and Humanities
Agrarian Studies, Anthropology, Art, Communication, Culture, Demography, Economy, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Health, History, Information Sciences, Language and Literature, Law, Multidisciplinaries, Philosophy and Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology and Territorial Studies
Natural and Exact Sciences
Agrarian Science, Architecture, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Information Technology, Mathematics, Medicine, Multidisciplinaries, Oceanography, Physics and Veterinary Medicine
The increase in research evaluation activities and advances in our understanding of innovation have led to a call for new types of statistical data and indicators. Bibliometric techniques have been shown to be useful in development of indicators of scientific research activity to address emerging concerns such as institutional level analysis of capabilities and networks (Katz and Hicks, 1997). Bibliometric indicators have been used for policy purposes for nearly 25 years (Narin, 1976) and were developed to address central concerns of classical science policy - level of research output and its impact. In this sense they have been so useful that they are incorporated in regular statistical series such as the National Science Foundation's (NSF) science indicators and are used in high profile analyses by leading scientists and policy makers.
Redalyc produces indicator to keep track of the publications consultation. The statistics obtained are:
- Site use
- Articles report
- Visits report
- Consults comparatives
- Global use reports
- Internationalization index
- Individual reports
- Editorial reports
- Institutional reports
- Eduardo Aguado López, Rosario Rogel Salazar, Arianna Becerril García, and Honorio García Flores, "Redalyc OAI - PMH: the open archives initiative protocol for metadata harvesting (protocol version 2.0)" in International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications archive: Proceedings of the 2006 international conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications: metadata for knowledge and learning (Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico), Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: 2006, pages 244-252. ISBN 970-692-268-7
- Ricyt, (2002), El estado de la ciencia. Principales indicadores de ciencia y tecnología iberoamericanos / interamericanos 2001, Red iberoamericana de indicadores de ciencia y tecnología (Ricyt), Buenos Aires.
- William Miller, Rita M. Pellen (2006), Evolving Internet References Resources, Binghamton.
- Katz JS and Hicks D (1997). 'Bibliometric Indicators for National Systems of Innovation' prepared for IDEA project funded by TSER program of the EC, ESRC Centre on Science, Technology, Energy and Environment Policy Science Policy Research Unit, Brighton.
- Narin, F. (1976). Evaluative Bibliometrics: The Use of Publication and Citation Analysis in the Evaluation of Scientific Activity, Cherry Hill.