On 16 May, the EMCDDA hosted a meeting in Lisbon for editorial staff from the journal Addiction and leading academics from Spain. The purpose of the meeting was to address how Spanish science can be fully represented in the journal and to recommend actions for future collaboration.
In the period 2004–07, six articles from Spain were accepted by the journal (out of 64 submitted). This was considered a relatively low rate, both for submission and for publication. One possible explanation for the under-representation could be the existence in Spain of a range of national Spanish-language journals in this area. Another could be related to difficulties facing non-native English-speaking authors in writing for anglophone journals and, on occasion, a lack of understanding by those journals of Spanish culture and drug culture(1).
Taking these factors into account, Addiction is looking at possible ways to stimulate a greater number of successful submissions to the journal from Spain. These include: enrolling more Spanish reviewers; appointing at least one Spanish editorial assistant; commissioning articles and commentaries from Spanish authors; providing training in scientific writing for publication; promoting Addiction at national conferences in Spain; and encouraging close collaboration and co-publishing between English- and Spanish-speaking journals. The EMCDDA will be an active partner in this collaboration between Addiction and Spanish scientists, which, if successful, could provide a model for other European countries.
(1)The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE), which promotes excellence in the communication and dissemination of information on addiction and related sciences, has published Publishing Addiction Science, which advises potential authors (including professional researchers whose first language is not English) on the opportunities for publishing their work in addiction journals.Among the activities offered by ISAJE are training initiatives for authors and editorial staff and support programmes for non-English language addiction journals. See Drugnet Europe No 56.
Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.