About us

After I got a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in the USA in 1976, I worked in a hospital medical records department and occasionally substituted for the hospital’s regular Spanish-English interpreter before I moved to Spain in late 1977. I became a science, technical and medical (STM) translator and authors’ editor because I’ve always loved science and because there was a need for good research writing and publishing skills in my new environment.

Before long I learned about the inequities in STM research publication and saw that factors unrelated to science can affect reviewers’ and editors’ evaluations of manuscripts from developing countries and emerging research centers. Since the mid-1980s I have helped non-native users of English in Spain to prepare research articles that will meet readers’ expectations for content and clarity, and since the late 2000s I have done the same for researchers in the Eastern Mediterranean region through AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean (AAEM).

As a translator, technical editor, peer reviewer and trainer I’ve worked closely with journal editors and learned about the challenges they face in publishing high-quality research. My own research in peer review and editorial processes has tried to bridge the “cultural” gap between editors and researchers. One of the main aims of AAEM is to provide both researchers and journal editors with advice on how to overcome obstacles to the publication of research from countries where English is not the main language.

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More about AAEM

AuthorAID. A concept to balance international information flow and transfer. 2008 EMMJ4 Manama

How AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean supports publication of high-quality manuscripts and enhances the quality of national and regional journals. Poster. 2009 EASE Pisa

How AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean supports publication of high-quality manuscripts and enhances the quality of national and regional journals. Handout. 2009 EASE Pisa

AuthorAID. A concept to balance international information flow and transfer. 2009 EASE Pisa

How AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean helps researchers become authors

AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean: A communication bridge between mainstream and emerging research communities

Equal opportunities through editorial support. Aiding authors in the Eastern Mediterranean. http://publicationethics.org/files/u661/EthicalEditing_Autumn2010_final.pdf (pp. 5-7)

Good writing and good reporting to enhance the impact of articles and journals

http://www.sid.ir/en/VEWSSID/J_pdf/1001520100401.pdf

or http://mejc.sums.ac.ir/index.php/mejc/article/view/78

Med Educ Res Center NIOC IJOEM Shiraz 2011

Enhancing the quality of research publication: AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean. http://jthc.tums.ac.ir/index.php/jthc/article/view/180

or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3466853/

AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean 2006 – 2011. 2010 EMMJ5 Karachi 

AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent outcomes in support of authors and editors. 2015 EMMJ6 Shiraz

AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean: Enabling authors and editors to publish high-quality research.  (This poster was possible thanks to excellent administrative and organizational support by Ms Maryam Talei and Ms Samira Ghaemi, and excellent graphic design assistance by Ms Farzaneh Izadi.) 2015 WAME New Delhi

AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean was mentioned in this article:

Handjani F, Habibzadeh F. Medical writing in the Middle East. Medical Writing 2013; 22(2): 96-98

News

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New Journal: Research Integrity and Peer Review. http://researchintegrityjournal.biomedcentral.com/

2017 International Peer Review Congress. Enhancing the quality and credibility of science. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 10-12 September 2017.
http://www.peerreviewcongress.org/index.html

5th World Conference on Research Integrity. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 28-31 May 2017. http://www.wcri2017.org/

A young researcher mentions the help he received from AAEM, in a profile published in Science magazine. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6279/1358

OpenCon conferences are organized by and for students and early career academics, and focus on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data http://www.opencon2016.org/

Mediterranean Editors & Translators Meeting METM16. Raising standards through knowledge sharing and peer training. Tarragona, Spain. 13-15 October 2016. http://www.metmeetings.org/en/presentation:802

Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) conference. Quality, Collaboration and Public Access. Bangkok, Thailand. 27-28 August 2016. http://apame2016.com/about.html

13th European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Conference. Scientific integrity: editors on the front line. Strasbourg, France. 10-12 June 2016. http://www.ease.org.uk/ease-events/13th-ease-conference-strasbourg-france

3rd International Congress on Medical Writing. Istanbul, Turkey. 5-7 May 2016. http://www.med-writing.org/

International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) 1st Annual Asian Conference. Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing Singapore. 4-5 April 2016. http://www.ismte.org/?page=2016AsianConference

Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting METM15. Versatility and readiness for new challenges. Coimbra, Portugal. 29-31 October 2015. http://www.metmeetings.org/en/presentation:752

REWARD / EQUATOR Conference. Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research. Edinburgh, UK. 28-30 September 2015. http://www.equator-network.org/2014/11/25/research-waste-equator-conference-2015/

Sixth Regional Conference on Medical Journals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMMJ6).  Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran. 18-20 February 2015. http://emmj6.sums.ac.ir/en/  

WAME International Conference for Medical Journal Editors. New Dehli, India. 2-4 October 2015. http://www.meeting2015wame.org/

Second International Congress on Medical Writing.  Ajman, UAE. 5-7 March 2015. http://www.med-writing.org/ 

Second International Congress on Publication Ethics in Collaboration with COPE. Shiraz, Iran. 4-5 December 2014. http://publicationethics.sums.ac.ir/en/ 

Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting 2014. Innovation and tradition: mining the human resource. El Escorial (Madrid), Spain. 30 October - 2 November 2014  http://www.metmeetings.org/en/preliminary-program:673   

Theme: Bridging the gaps: challenges and opportunities in publishing health science journals in the Region

Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting 2013. Language, Culture and Identity. Tarragona, Spain, 24-26 October 2013 http://www.metmeetings.org/en/presentation:534

1st International Congress on Medical Writing. February 19-21, 2013. Dubai, UAE. http://www.med-writing.org/ 

Identify talent, expertise within your own countries besides collaborating with experts from the region to promote research culture. Shaukat Ali Jawaid. http://www.pulsepakistan.com/index.php/main-news-mar-1-13/239-identify-talent-expertise-within-your-own-countries-besides-collaborating-with-experts-from-the-region-to-promote-research-culture

All Trials Registered. All Results Reported. "All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported." http://www.alltrials.net/

European Association of Science Editors (EASE) conference in Split, Croatia, June 2014. http://www.ease.org.uk/ease-events/major-conferences/ease-congress-split-2014