Rewrite: Stroke’s Editorial Aid Programme
Two thirds of all strokes occur in the developing world,1 yet we know little about them. Authors in developing countries face formidable obstacles: limited opportunities for training in research and scientific writing, minimal resources for carrying out studies, and often a language barrier. Dr. Alain Tehindrazanarivelo, neurologist, former Minister of Health of Madagascar, and member of Stroke’s Editorial Board, has volunteered to help rewrite papers from the developing world to make them more competitive. Inspired by Dr. Tehindrazanarivelo’s magnanimous example, we asked members of the Editorial Board whether they would be willing to do the same. The response was prompt and affirmative.
We are pleased to offer Rewrite: Stroke’s Editorial Aid Programme to authors from developing countries.* Authors wishing to avail themselves of this free service should send their manuscripts to the editorial office in London, Ontario, Canada, indicating that the manuscript is being submitted to Rewrite.
The manuscript will then be sent to one of the volunteers on the Board who will advise the author and/or help rewrite the manuscript. The only condition is that if the mentor deems the manuscript suitable for Stroke, then the manuscript will be sent for consideration by Stroke. Once submitted, the manuscript will go through the same review process and will be subject to the same standards as all papers sent to Stroke.
We consider it a worthwhile endeavor to help authors from developing countries improve their work so that their papers can become competitive enough to enter the world’s medical literature.
Rewrite will be a reciprocally educational undertaking. Our mentors will share their editorial experience and knowledge while learning about stroke in another country and more. The volunteers will be acknowledged once a year. May the goodwill that has inspired this initiative make a difference.
↵*Countries, areas, and territories with a Gross National Product (GNP) per capita of <$3000: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Boznia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro), Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa (Western), Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tadjikistan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis and Fortuna, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- Received February 25, 2004.
- Accepted February 25, 2004.
Bonita R. Stroke prevention: a global perspective. In John W.Norris, VladimirHachinski, eds. Stroke Prevention. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2001: 259–274.