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Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:862
  1. Arash Etemadi, vice chancellor for research (aetemadi{at},
  2. Akbar Fotouhi, assistant professor of epidemiology,
  3. Asieh Golozar, researcher,
  4. Jane Nicholson, editor
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  2. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  3. World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo 11371, Egypt

    EDITOR—The Eastern Mediterranean region has more than 400 medical journals in different languages, some of which appear in prestigious international indices.1 The region's Index Medicus database provides a current awareness service to what has been published in the region (

    In 2003 the WHO regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted in Cairo the first regional conference on medical journals in the area that it serves, one outcome of which was the formation by a group of editors of the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME). At two subsequent conferences in Riyadh (2004) and Shiraz (2006), EMAME has sought ways to establish more widespread cooperation among editors and to improve the quality of biomedical publication in the region.

    EMAME's mission is to support and promote medical journalism in the Eastern Mediterranean region by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange of information and knowledge. Editors and previous editors of peer reviewed medical journals in the region are eligible for membership. Apart from regional conferences, members are also connected through an active listserve. EMAME is closely affiliated to the WHO regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean, which hosts the EMAME website ( and listserve. The association has five committees dealing with editorship, publishing ethics, education and training, evidence based medicine, and research. The next regional conference will be held in Bahrain in 2008.


    • Competing interests None declared.


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