The North-South information highway: case studies of publication access among health researchers in resource-poor countries
2008 (English)In: Global health action, ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Less than 2% of scientific publications originate in low-income countries. Transfer of information from South to North and from South to South is grossly limited and hinders understanding of global health, while Northern-generated information fails to adequately address the needs of a Southern readership.
Methods: A survey of a new generation of health researchers from nine low-income countries was conducted using a combination of email questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. Data were gathered on personal experiences, use and aspirations regarding access and contribution to published research.
Results: A total of 23 individuals from 9 countries responded. Preference for journal use over textbooks was apparent, however a preference for print over online formats was described among African respondents compared to respondents from other areas. Almost all respondents (96%) described ambition to publish in international journals, but cited English language as a significant barrier.
Conclusion: The desire to contribute to and utilise contemporary scientific debate appears to be strong among study respondents. However, longstanding barriers
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CoAction Publishing, 2008. Vol. 1
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21829DOI: 10.3402/gha.v1i0.1865ISI: 000208158100004PubMedID: 20027241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-21829DiVA: diva2:211930
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2006-1512