Beyond English: Accessing the global epidemiological literature

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Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) recently published the thematic series “Beyond English: Accessing the global epidemiological
literature
”. Conceived
by Mr Isaac Fung, a PhD student at Imperial College London and a member of the
journal’s Editorial Board,
this series aims to introduce the global community of epidemiologists to the
wealth of local knowledge contained in epidemiological and public health
literature in the major languages of the world.

English has long been the
international language of the global scientific community. However,
epidemiology and public health projects are often context-specific, emphasizing
the importance of using non-English literature and databases for
systematic reviews and meta-analyses in epidemiology and public health
research. Articles in the series comment on and review the current scenarios of
publishing science in the major languages of the world, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and also
introduces readers to non-English
databases
.

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) aims to promote debate and discussion on
theoretical and methodological aspects of epidemiology through
publication of articles like those in the series. For
further information about the series, please contact Mr. Isaac Fung at i.fung@imperial.ac.uk.