Academic social networks at the first National Meeting of Young Health Researchers


Academic social networks at the first National Meeting of Young Health Researchers


Las redes sociales académicas en el primer Encuentro Nacional de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Salud



Angel Ernesto Ramos-Cordero, Sergio Luis Blanco Betancourt

University of Medical Sciences of Pinar del Río. Cuba.



To the editor:

Identified with the article: "Academic social networks: spaces for scientific exchange in the health sciences", by Romero Borges et al.1, where the authors express the need for Cuban public health professionals to know the existence and the use of academic social networks, because it represents the possibility of increasing research collaboration, health care and obtaining new knowledge, we are tempted to write about it.

From April 23 to 27, the international event "Cuba Salud 2018" was held in Havana under the slogan "Universal Health for Sustainable Development" and as part of the programmed activities, the first National Meeting of Young Health Researchers was included, where 50 of the best undergraduate researchers in medical sciences throughout the country were recognized for their merits in a favorable framework to enhance medical research.

The meeting, organized by the Ministry of Public Health and the National Board of the University Student Federation (USF)2, they sought to put the realities of medical student´s research on the discussion table by establishing common lines of work that would allow to exploit to the maximum the potentialities of science that today the university scientific community carries out, in view of the IX Congress of the oldest organization in Cuba.3

Issues such as the territorial development of new student scientific journals, the need for each researcher to establish a research line, the low Cuban student scientific production, with the consequent insufficient publication in accredited journals, the use of academic social networks, among others, deserved Special attention of all the audience at the meeting.

Novel was for many to know that the traditional channels of dissemination of scientific knowledge adds promotion through social networks, both general or more popular -Face book and Twitter- as specialized sites -Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia, among others-, useful to publicize the research activity and increase the visibility of our scientific results, be more likely to be cited and contact other colleague researchers, as well as to correct identification errors in author or institution names.

There were no questions left such as: the possibility of its creation in our universities, in the institutions of the branch or in all the scientific branches of the country, the importance and relevance of being linked to them from undergraduate, the real need to disclose all the scientific contribution of the Cuban student body in the large international platforms and how to achieve a more adequate use of the connection that is currently made through the web.

It was deepened inside its advantages by establishing professional contact networks, creating interest groups with which to discuss or share resources and information, professional experiences, invitations to events, readings, ideas, publish contents of interest and opinions, emanating strategies to achieve greater connection in the medium term in our universities and long, in the Cuban medical sciences.

Spaces like this, where the instruction of prominent students in research matters is predominant, predict a successful future in the acquisition and dissemination of new knowledge, since the students who research and publish in the undergraduate program continue to do so after graduation, with more possibilities to be successful in their professional performance.

After the event, each participant, and with them each Cuban medical university had shared experiences to further deploy young science and achieve results that promote the development of public health in the provinces, giving solution to existing problems in each territory.


Declaration of interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest



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Submitted. September 25 2018.
Accepted: November 6 2018.



Angel Ernesto Ramos-Cordero. Pinar del Río University of Medical Sciences. Cuba. E-mail:


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