Shifting Paradigms, Trends, and Innovations: Medical Publishing in the Asia Pacific Region Commits to Advancing Access to Health Information and Publication

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Shifting Paradigms, Trends, and Innovations: Medical Publishing in the Asia Pacific Region Commits to Advancing Access to Health Information and Publication


The need for equitable access to quality health information by producers and consumers of health research cannot be understated. Research integrity and ethical publication are fundamental to producing reliable information in science and medicine. At the same time, scholarly writing skills and standards need to be developed and promoted in order to produce the highest quality health information. Championed by critical international and regional organizations and players such as the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization that intends to support and promote medical journalism in the Asia Pacific Region, equitable access to quality ethical health research is increasing as innovations in information technology have created an environment conducive to freer and more fluid sharing of information. [caption id="attachment_313266" align="aligncenter" width="720"] APAME 2014[/caption] More and more scientific and scholarly medical journals are publishing online, and transitioning to making their content freely and openly accessible to all. Social media sites are a major vehicle of information exchange, and feature simplified "lay" versions of scholarly blogs, tweets, posts, and feeds. The online information explosion is a two-edged sword, however, and the less-informed may easily fall prey to misinformation as much as they gain access to information. The APAME responds to these challenges as it brings medical journal editors, peer reviewers, authors, scientists, health professionals, researchers, librarians, and publishers from the Asia Pacific region and the world to Manila for its annual convention themed "Advancing Access to Health Information and Publication: Shifting Paradigms, Trends, and Innovations" from Aug. 24 to 26. The Joint Meeting of APAME and the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM) and Index Medicus of the South East Asia Region (IMSEAR) will begin the convention on Aug. …

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