Many will be familiar with the need for "research to policy" or R2P. But that in itself is a shortened form of "research to policy to practice" or R2P2P. Clearly, health policies should be based on the best and most appropriate research. But that is not enough. If sound health policies don't then go into clinical practice, they are just empty words. Effort needs to be devoted to each link in this chain.
Najeeb al-Shorbaji hit the nail on the head last year when he wrote in a submission to this email list: "Health workers and most practitioners in the field do not need scientific articles written by academicians. They need practical information, best practices, case studies, stories from the field, lessons learned and guidance on how to do things".
At Africa Health journal, that is precisely what we have tried to do since launch in October 1978.
And there is a further imbalancing twist. While authors from Africa find it difficult to get published in journals in the USA and Europe... publishers from LMICs find it difficult to get accredited by the US and European 'regulators' of what is respectable and what isn't...
I completely agree that providing health information in as many languages as possible is an important goal. Here at ecancer we encourage authors to submit in Portuguese or Spanish (as well as English) and if their article passes peer review we translate it into English and publish it for free, including the original Spanish/Portuguese version. We also film at international oncology conferences and host videos of expert interviews on our website in Spanish as well as English.