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Meneghini, Rogerio and Abel L. Packer. 2007. Is there science beyond English? EMBO Reports 8 (2) : 112–116.
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This article discusses initiatives to increase the quality and visibility of non-English publications which might help to break down language barriers in scientific communication. The English language has become predominant for scientific and academic publications. Non-English journals often provide English translations of their articles. However, as translation software cannot (yet) fulfil the need of a precise translation scientific translation, a human translator is still required, which makes the process often too expensive. At this point, it would be wise to encourage authors to make their own translation by their own efforts. Of course, only visionaries or ambitious or well-funded researchers would be inclined to do so initially. Conversely, both international and national journals should consider offering two versions of every article: one in the author’s native language and one in English. In addition, the international indexes need to address the issue of how to treat multilingual versions of articles. [Source: W. Tesseur]