Regional Organizations of Medical Editors
The Mexican Association of Biomedical Journal Editors—Asociación Mexicana de Editores de Revistas Biomédicas (AMERBAC)—is a voluntary association of biomedical editors from Mexico and elsewhere who seek to foster national cooperation among editors of peer-reviewed and non–peer-reviewed biomedical journals.
AMERBAC was founded in 1997 to facilitate this cooperation by providing a semiannual forum for editors to analyze journals and discuss editorial issues with their peers. AMERBAC also fosters broader communication among members and disseminates information about WAME.
Biomedical journal editors have an important responsibility to ensure that reports of medical research provide valid information that is readily accessible by researchers, medical practitioners, students, and others who need it. In particular, AMERBAC aims to assist editors in removing obstacles they often face, such as difficulties in obtaining high-quality manuscripts and in selecting good reviewers, lack of formal training in editing, limited finances, and limited access to publication expertise.
For more information, contact AMERBAC at Aguiar y Seijas 75, Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 México DF México; Tel: +52 5 55 5520 2073; Fax: +52 5 55 5540 3764; e-mail: email@example.com
EASE aims to promote improved communication in science by providing efficient means for cooperation among editors in all disciplines of science, and to assist in the efficient operation of publications in the sciences. Although EASE is European-based, members are welcome wherever they live.
KAMJE, inaugurated 1996, aims to promote the quality of medical journals published in Korea by the exchange of the information on the editing and by the discussion on the editorial principles. KAMJE has maintained the KoreaMed (www.koreamed.org/
) a searching system of medical journal papers published in Korea.
Other Organizations of Interest to Medical Editors
COPE provides guidance to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It provides resources such as flowcharts, a code of conduct, best practice guidelines, and a database of cases at http://www.publicationethics.org
. Most of the COPE resources are freely available on its website, while other services (such as specific advice on cases from its Forum meetings) are available only to members. Membership is open to editors of peer-reviewed journals from any discipline. Subscription reductions or waivers are offered to editors from developing countries. [Information provided by COPE]
CSE aims to improve communication in the life sciences by educating authors, editors, and publishers; by providing means of cooperation among persons interested in publishing in the life sciences; and by promoting effective communication practices in primary and secondary publishing in any form.
The Danish Research Agency is an independent institution under the Ministry of Research of Denmark, housing several departments responsible for the oversight of scientific research. An appointed panel of experts reviews cases referred for possible violation of good scientific practice, often involving publication issues. The cases and resulting conclusions are published on the web.
INANE was established by a small group of nursing editors in the early 1980s for the purpose of networking and role development. A loose affiliation of nurse editors, the Academy has survived and thrived for over 20 years, operating without formal organization, bylaws, or officers. A listserv provides an ongoing means of communication. Annual program meetings are sponsored and planned by volunteer editors and held in locations throughout the world
Liaison contact information is:
Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, BC
Maine Desk, LLC—Professional Editorial Services
Editorial Office for CIN and JHPN
10A Beach Street, Suite 2
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