Leading open access journal breaks down the language barrier
01 Oct 2008
English has long been the international language of the global scientific community. However, epidemiology and public health projects are often context-specific. To overcome this barrier, the journal, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE), is today publishing a series of articles aimed at introducing the wealth of knowledge from epidemiological and public health journals to the global community of epidemiologists in a variety of languages.
Harnessing local knowledge and channeling research output into local populations are important for empowering the very populations for which epidemiology and public health serves. In addition to the international English language journals, there are many epidemiology and public health journals published in different languages globally, from Spanish and Portuguese to Chinese and Russian, and these serve both as a channel through which local practitioners and experts gather scientific information and as a wealth of knowledge from which the data for systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be obtained.
ETE is an online, open access, peer-reviewed epidemiology journal run by research degree students at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and other prestigious institutions. It is hosted by BioMed Central, the world leader in online, Open Access, academic publishing. The Journal's mission is to promote debate and discussion on theoretical and methodological aspects of epidemiology.
The series of articles has been produced by authors from many international institutions and organizations. It is the brainchild of Mr. Isaac Fung, a PhD student at Imperial College London, who advocates the use of non-English literature and databases for systematic reviews and meta-analyses in epidemiology and public health research. Articles in the series cover epidemiology and public health journals published in the major languages of the world, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and others, and introduce to their readers databases like EMBASE, the Index Medicus for the East Mediterranean Region, LILACS, SciELO, and Wan Fang etc.
The articles comment on and review the current scenarios of publishing science in non-English languages and the difficulties and opportunities non-English language journals face today.
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