Sunday, February 04, 2007

Is there science beyond English?

Meneghini R, Packer AL . 2007. Is there science beyond English? Initiatives to increase the quality and visibility of non-English publications might help to break down language barriers in scientific communication. EMBO reports 8, 2, 112–116

doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400906Is

http://www.nature.com/embor/journal/v8/n2/full/7400906.html

Scientists must master English to obtain international recognition and to access relevant publications. English has become a communication tool also in the less erudite world, consisting of those who want to learn about and pass on knowledge. Much research however is still published in languages other than English and even if it is valuable, it will not be spread to the international community. Suggetions are given to change this trend and foster also the use of local languages, but ... this article that is intended for the wider international community is written in English!

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