Editorials

Chinese medical journals: getting in touch

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.74 (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:74
  1. Richard Smith

    Chinese editors and medical journals have much to offer

    Editology is an English word that is found in no English dictionaries for the simple reason that it was invented by the Chinese. English language purists might complain, but one consequence of English becoming a universal language is that people whose first language is not English will invent English words themselves. Editology is the study of the science of editing. The word was coined in the early 1980s in Beijing; a society—the China Editology Society of Science Periodicals—began in 1987, and a journal—Acta Editologica—was launched in 1989.

    The society has made great …

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