Will the controversy about publishing in Spanish or in English be solved on the basis of academic merits?

  • Jorge Antonio Aldrete Universidad de Alabama, Birmingham, Estados Unidos.
Keywords: Language, Publishing, Essays, Editorial policies

Abstract

This article discusses the meager attention given in the anesthesiology textbooks to the original contributions made by Latin American colleagues in this medical discipline, in addition to the factors that may have encouraged this unwonted neglect. One of the reasons could be that these innovations were published in journals with limited readership abroad, though other articles were published in well-known English journals, but were inappropriately referenced. The new parameters include the assessment of the new articles on the basis of "Evidence-based medicine" criteria requiring the prior submission of the protocol and making comparisons among various groups of against other subjects. Thus, success is only possible with a more stringent statistical analysis. A new criterion has emerged recently based on the number of bibliographic references to the title and the authors of the article that determines the level of interest of readers in the particular publication. This interest is called the "impact factor" of the article among the group of readers. The probability of success and the dynamic conditions that may attract the attention of a larger number of readers, particularly in other countries, will depend on the quality of the papers published by the Revista Colombiana de Anestesiología (Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology) and the level of interest generated in the potential readers.

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Jorge Antonio Aldrete. Will the controversy about publishing in Spanish or in English be solved on the basis of academic merits?. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2010Jul.1 [cited 2021Sep.27];38(3):363-75. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/665

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Jorge Antonio Aldrete. Will the controversy about publishing in Spanish or in English be solved on the basis of academic merits?. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2010Jul.1 [cited 2021Sep.27];38(3):363-75. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/665
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