Solutions to Neglected Tropical Diseases Require Vibrant Local Scientific Communities

  • Serap Aksoy mail

    Affiliation: Yale School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

  • Published: March 30, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000662

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Improving scientific communication from less industrialized countries

Posted by Makda on 27 Apr 2010 at 08:13 GMT

Dear Dr Aksoy,

I read with interest your article on the need for promoting publication of research articles by scientist from low- and middle-income countries. Somehow I do not find the disparity in the number of authors from industrialized and less industrialized countries very surprising, though the numbers for Asia are lower than I would have expected.

As a supporter of PLoS’s goals (and of PLoS NTD’s in particular, due to its stated goal of helping capacity building), I would like to contribute to the efforts in promoting publication by scientists in the less industrialized countries. Specifically, I would like to help re-write badly written manuscripts, especially those for which poor writing is the main hindrance to publication. In the process, I would like to make the experience an educational endeavor to help train scientists improve their manuscript writing skills (for example by giving specific comments and explanations during the process of re-writing).

I have been a great admirer of PLoS and what it stands for, unhindered dissemination of scientific knowledge, and I would be honored to pitch in, in my limited capacity. I also believe it is a loss to the scientific community when interesting results are not published because of poor writing, and I would be glad to work with PLoS to improve scientific communication from less industrialized countries.

Makda Fisseha

No competing interests declared.