The Scielo Network houses a dozen public health journals and, celebrating its 20-year anniversary, decides to organize a working group to discuss the relevance of these journals in informing research, education, health services and citizenship.
With this text, we hope to participate in this debate, focusing in particular on the contribution of collective health journals to the planning and management of health services.
In order to evaluate the relevance of the scientific journals in this specific aspect, it is necessary to define, firstly, what the planning and the management of the health services refer to.
Secondly, given that journals are vehicles for disseminating scientific knowledge and expert views, one must ask how research results or expert opinions can contribute to health planning and management.
It is based on the reflections on these two questions, that we intend to analyze, properly, the contribution of the periodicals of collective health.