Message from the President

The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) was conceived in 2007 and formally established at its inaugural meeting in May 2008 with the mission of contributing “to the improvement of health in the Asia Pacific Region by ensuring the quality and dissemination of health-related information published in medical journals, utilized for the purposes of better decision-making and effective delivery of health services.”

Under my predecessors, Prof. Dr. Chang Kok Hahm and Prof. Dr. John T. Arokiasamy, APAME laid a solid foundation owing to the efforts of National Associations of Medical Journal Editors in member countries and steadfast support from the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

During this period, APAME adopted an organizational constitution, convened seven meetings, including five joint meetings with the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus, and one in conjunction with the 4th Asia Pacific Evidence Based Medicine Network Conference (APEMBNC) and the 8th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) meeting. APAME also conducted numerous seminars and workshops in “Medical Writing, Peer Review and Editing,” and “Training on the WPRIM Database” in member states, including one in conjunction with the “14th ASEAN Paediatric Congress & 3rd Asian Paediatric Otolaryngology Meeting.”

Reflecting these developments, APAME issued the “Singapore Declaration on Equitable Access to Health Information in the Western Pacific Region” (November 6, 2009). Our collaborative efforts with the WHO WPRO that began on December 11-12, 2006 finally bore fruit in the formal launch of the platform for the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM) on May 6-7, 2010.

We recognize that APAME is now entering the next stage to expand its activities, formally opening membership not only to colleagues from the 37 member states of the Western Pacific Region but also those from the 11 member states of the South East Asian Region. Our commitment to improving editorial standards including publishing ethics, and to facilitating research writing and peer-review processes, are embodied in the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Promotion of Scholarly Writing Skills and Standards in the Asia Pacific Region” (September 2, 2012). A complementary platform, APAMED Central, was also formally launched on September 2, 2012.

Although the circumstances surrounding medical journal publishing differ from country to country, we have common objectives of enhancing the quality and value of medical and health publications. To achieve our objectives, collaboration and communication among medical journal editors, reviewers, editorial staff, publishers and librarians in the region is indispensable.

I hope you will visit this site regularly. We appreciate your giving us feedback and joining us as members for the growth and success of APAME.

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Professor Kiyoshi Kitamura, M.D., Ph.D President, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors; Professor, International Research Center for Medical Education, The University of Tokyo; Chair, Organizing Committee of the Japanese Association of Medical Journal Editors (JAMJE)