"People at the Center of Research and Innovation for Health"

August 24 - 27  |  PICC, Metro Manila, Philippines

Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) Sessions

1. Medical Journals, Social Accountability and the Democratization of Knowledge

The WHO Constitution “enshrines the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being. The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable, and affordable health care of appropriate quality … as well as the underlying determinants of health, such as … access to health-related education and information.” While there is a growing momentum towards free (and open) access to research – what are the challenges and barriers, and how might these be overcome? Social accountability is everyone’s responsibility-- are developed country researchers and journals particularly accountable to research participants in LMICs that also provide resources, raw materials, and markets for research outcomes and products? Representatives from top-tier and LMIC journals will discuss these issues in the context of availability and accessibility of health information for all.

Key Questions:

  1. What is the social accountability of developed country researchers and the journals they publish in? In particular, what must institutions be made accountable for in situations where LMICs provide the raw material, resources and research subjects, as well as represent the biggest beneficiary market for research outcomes and products? For instance, should health research information be made available in the language(s) of the country in which research took place?
  2. How to improve access to health information for global health research and innovation – Research from the LMICs seldom becomes available on global knowledge platforms, while research published in top-tier journals is not easily accessible to LMICs (costs of subscription, access, etc.) How do the different models of access (pay for access, open access, free access) address this issue?

 Speakers:

Jose Florencio Lapena

President, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Editors

Martin Delahunty

Global Head, Nature Partner Journals

Trish Groves

Head of Research, British Medical Journal

Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Open

Carel Ijsselmuiden

Executive Director, Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)

 

2.  Capacity-building strategies to improve dissemination of research and innovation in and from LMICs: Impact versus Impact Factor

Experts will offer solutions for improving health research and innovation in LMICs that is often overlooked in established indices of scientific and medical publications and journals, whilst new and emerging platforms struggle to find resources and compete. New partnerships, initiatives and schemes that seek to strengthen and enhance newly emerging sources of research in LMICs and showcase different strategies for collaboration between large and small organizations will be examined. Several novel ways to increase the visibility of authors to share their work through non-traditional modes of publication such as the internet and social media will be explored.

Key Questions:

  1. How can health research produced in LMICs gain access to recognized global knowledge platforms - particularly “high-impact” indexes such as Web of Science / Current Contents, Scopus, EMBASE, NLM Medline PubMed? How do current practices of “indexing” affect research produced in LMICs? How can regional indexes such as WPRIM and IMSEAR become more visible? Is it possible to push Medline to become less US-centric?
  2. How can emerging sources of knowledge develop partnerships and collaborations with established journals and organizations? In particular, what are some of the strategies, initiatives and schemes that are available and that need to be developed in order to augment the capacities of sources of knowledge based in LMICs? What are the quid pro quos involved in such approaches as BMJ courses, Nature workshops, etc.? How can loco-regional initiatives from KAMJE and APAMED Central help?
  3. Foregoing traditional methods of publishing academic work, how can non-traditional methods such as the internet and social media (including ResearchGate) be utilized by researchers, journals and research organizations to promote their work?

Speakers:

Trish Groves

Head of Research, British Medical Journal

Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Open

Martin Delahunty

Global Head, Nature Partner Journals

Charles Raby

WHO IMSEAR - GHL

HINARI, IRIS

Marie Villemin Partow

WHO WPRIM - GHL

HINARI, IRIS

Oh Hoon Kwon

APAMED Central and KAMJE