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Is the English language a barrier to the non-English-speaking authors in academic publishing?
  1. Vijay Kumar Jain1,
  2. Karthikeyan P Iyengar2,
  3. Raju Vaishya3
  1. 1 Orthopaedics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
  2. 2 Orthopaedics and Trauma, Southport and Ormskirk NHS trust, Southport, UK
  3. 3 Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Vijay Kumar Jain, Department of Orthopaedics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, 110001, India; drvijayortho{at}

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Academic publication in scientific journals is an integral part of a clinician’s professional journey. Writing a publishable scientific article can be a formidable task for a beginner and to even some established academics. It is a challenging but rewarding endeavour. Apart from being desirable criteria on speciality training application forms, generating an idea for an article into a well-written manuscript, struggling through multiple draft revisions, submission, receiving peer-review feedback and acceptance, strengthens our methodology, writing and communication skills. It prepares a clinician to critically interpret the published literature, an essential skill for all physicians, as evidence-based medicine is the backbone of clinical practice. It also enhances knowledge on recent advances and management options about a particular condition which can then be applied in the care of patients.1

The DIAzePAM (Difficultés des Auteurs à la Publication d’Articles Médicaux) French survey highlights difficulties experienced by researchers preparing articles for biomedical journals.2 One of the main limiting factors found in the study has been limited skills in English writing and editing. Apart from other reasons for publication bias, poor …

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  • Contributors VJ and KPI involved in Conceptualization, literature search, manuscript writing and editing. RV involved in review of manuscript and approved the final draft. All authors read and agreed the final draft submitted.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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