Representation of authors and editors from poor countries: Quality medical research from poor countries could be privileged in high impact journals

Ting, Joseph Y. S. (2004) Representation of authors and editors from poor countries: Quality medical research from poor countries could be privileged in high impact journals. British Medical Journal, 329 7457: 110-111. doi:10.1136/bmj.329.7457.110-b

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Author Ting, Joseph Y. S.
Title Representation of authors and editors from poor countries: Quality medical research from poor countries could be privileged in high impact journals
Journal name British Medical Journal
ISSN 0959-8146
Publication date 2004-07-01
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1136/bmj.329.7457.110-b
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 329
Issue 7457
Start page 110
End page 111
Total pages 2
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Language eng
Subject 321010 Infectious Diseases
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract In highlighting the marked under-representation of authors and editors from countries with low human development indexes in prestigious tropical medicine journals 1, the paradox of the greater burden of tropical disease afflicting people living in the under-developed world being studied, then published, by researchers in countries with a high development index is clearly demonstrated. Significant obstacles confront researchers who live and work in resource-poor but disease-prevalent countries in conducting and publishing medical research into diseases of poverty 2. These inequities are exacerbated by poor dissemination of, and reduced access to, quality medical research 3 amongst clinicians in countries where these diseases are endemic. This may be ameliorated by allowing duplicate publication within local journals 4 or forums of difficult to access articles from prestigious journals with high local relevance, for a lesser cost or for free. Journal space in high impact journals could be quarantined for articles on locally relevant medical research conducted by researchers from less developed countries. Publications could be actively solicited or commissioned from researchers who live and work in these countries in special focus issues. Although quality clinical research flow from research-rich to research-poor countries is limited 5, the reverse also occurs. Awareness of health issues pertaining to less developed countries amongst clinicians in the developed world could be improved by increased presence of article summaries and links to publications of note originating from less developed countries within sections such as Journal Watch.
Keyword Medical research
Developing countries
High impact journals
Tropical medicine journal
Human development index
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
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Created: Mon, 12 Jul 2004, 10:00:00 EST by Joseph Y. Ting on behalf of School of Medicine