Publishing an abstract in the language of the country where the research was carried out seems an excellent idea, Neil, and should be relatively easy to implement - as is the idea of recommending this to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
Note that there are two branches here - 1) encouraging journals to make the submission of such a local-language abstract a publication requirement, and 2) encouraging authors to submit abstracts in the language of the country (which might have the ositive ancillary benefit of ensuring that there is a local researcher in the research writing team).
We should also involve other bodies like the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and its regional sister bodies and (as there is an ethical component to the idea), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Our translator colleagues (I know there are a few on this list...) should also be sensetized to this.
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