Researchers in developing nations are encouraged to publish their results in 'high-brow' international journals. But are these journals the appropriate forum for discussing local public health and policy issues?
Samer Jabbour says there is an urgent need for strong local and regional journals. International agencies working with regional partners can help with this, he says, though not without a push from local scientists and medical doctors.
The problem, says Jabbour, is not a lack of excellent researchers to join editorial boards. Journals also need competent and accountable management, production and marketing teams. And there needs to be less pressure to have everything published in journals from the United States and Europe.
Reference: British Medical Journal 329, 299 (2004)