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April 5, 1995

Launch of the World Association of Medical Editors

JAMA. 1995;273(13):981. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520370019006

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THE WORLD Association of Medical Editors (WAME) was launched in Bellagio, Italy, on March 16 after a 3-day conference to discuss international cooperation among editors of peer-reviewed medical journals. Formal constitutional arrangements for this new organization remain to be agreed but will be established in due course.

Twenty-two editors, physicians, and scientists from 13 countries were funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to discuss the increasingly complex problems that editors face in maintaining and improving the quality of published medical research. Lack of knowledge about the peer review process, variable standards in medical writing and editing, and inadequate support and training for new journal editors all contribute to the obstacles and challenges confronting editors worldwide. Given that the publication of medical research is the final common path of substantial publicly funded programs, such deficiencies are alarming and must be countered. WAME will address these acute needs by stimulating means to educate

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