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Br J Psychiatry. 2001 May;178:406-9.

International representation in psychiatric literature: survey of six leading journals.

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Institute of Psychiatry, London. vpatel@goatelecom.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Despite the growing recognition of the global burden of psychiatric disease, there are questions about the strength of the evidence base from non-Western societies.

AIMS:

To compare the contribution of Euro-American countries and the rest of the world (RoW) to psychiatric literature.

METHOD:

Survey of the country of origin of papers submitted to and published in six leading psychiatric journals over a 3-year period (1996-1998).

RESULTS:

Only 6% of the literature is published from regions of the world that account for over 90% of global population. The three journals published in Europe had a significantly higher proportion of international articles when compared to the three American journals. Less than 1% of all published articles described mental health interventions in the ROW: Acceptance rates were significantly lower for papers submitted from the ROW:

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a gross under-representation of research from the ROW: This has implications for the development of a truly international psychiatry.

PMID:
11331553
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