Multilingualism still has a long way to go

25 August, 2023

According to an article published in Nature recently, "Most journals offer minimal support for scientists who don't speak fluent English. An analysis of 736 biological-science journals found that only 2 stated that manuscripts would not be rejected solely on the grounds of perceived English quality. A survey of the editors-in-chief of 262 of these journals found that only 6% instructed reviewers not to base their assessments solely on language proficiency. Less than 10% of journals offered author guidelines in at least one language other than English or allowed authors to publish articles in other languages."

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Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, UK and

Vice President, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT His publications are at and and his blogs are and