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In a world of science in which English is the lingua franca, it's not surprising that non-native speakers sometimes feel hard done by.

But even just a little English goes a long way in communicating with foreign colleagues. And leading journals are often happy to work with authors to improve a paper's standard of written English and bring out important scientific points, according to this editorial in Nature.

Internationalisation is a two-way street, it argues. Japanese labs must become more open and welcoming places for researchers coming from abroad, and visiting foreigners must be prepared to adapt to their new environment.

Link to Nature editorial

Reference: Nature 419, 863 (2002)
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