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Is publishing an internationally recognised science journal the key to a country's scientific influence? If Mexico's experience is anything to go by, the answer is yes.

In this letter to Science, Luis Benítez-Bribiesca reveals that publishing a top quality biomedical journal in English has successfully raised the profile of Mexican science. Archives of Medical Research, of which he is editor-in-chief, is a joint venture with Elsevier Science.

The secret, says Benítez-Bribiesca, is a focus on high standards. Not only has the quality of local contributions increased, but some 70 per cent of the journal's reviewers are internationally acknowledged experts. The journal's visibility has increased threefold since 1989.

Link to full letter in Science

Reference: Science, 304, 1595 (2004)