The first ever association of medical editors for WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region was established during the region's first conference on medical journals in Cairn, Egypt in early October.
The launch of the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) follows the foundation of a similar initiative, the Forum for African Medical Editors (FAME), in Nairobi in October last year.
The Eastern Mediterranean association's constitution and practice guidelines are currently under development but it is hoped that the initiative will promote and strengthen medical journals and support authors in the region.
Among the concerns to be addressed by the association is the under-representation of regional medical journals in the international literature and the disproportionate use by health care professionals of medical information from other sources such as pharmaceutical companies and international journals despite the availability of over 400 medical journals published in the region.
Dr Hooman Momen, Editor of the Bulletin, hoped that the association would also promote critical thinking among the region's authors. …