Meetings and activities

Overview:

The sharing, exchange and management of health knowledge are key issues for health services, health sciences, health policy and public health promotion. Scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals contain valuable health information depending on the scope of each individual journal. Editors of peer–reviewed journals ensure that articles selected match the interest of authors, readers and publishers and are relevant to the needs of their peoples and communities. Editors of medical journals published in the Asia Pacific region established an association (APAME) to fulfill these needs. Moreover, editors, reviewers, publishers and librarians use this organization to promote inter-society and international exchange through conventions, congresses, workshops, seminars and cyber-communication.

Background:

As part of an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a virtual Global Health Library (GHL), the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific developed the Western Pacific Regional Index Medicus, or WPRIM, to facilitate the sharing, exchange and management of health knowledge. The first meeting in Beijing, December 11-12, 2006 discussed the development of WPRIM and GHL and recommended that associations of medical journal editors be established in countries where they do not exist to actively improve the quality of journal publishing.

To date, the affiliated National Associations of Medical Journal Editors are: the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) which started in February 22, 1996; the Japanese Association of Medical Journal Editors (JAMJE) established in February 2008, the Mongolian Association of Medical Journal Editors (MAMJE) established in April 2008, the Singapore Association of Medical Journal Editors (SAMJE) formed October 26, 2010, the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) formed on May 5, 2011 and the Association of Malaysian Medical Journal Editors (AMMJE) formed on June 23, 2011.

It is recognized that articles in peer-reviewed journals contain information that is essential for health services, health sciences, health policy and public health promotion. The need to access research published in the various countries of the region has resulted in the indexing in WPRIM of journals meeting certain minimum criteria as screened by the respective National Journal Selection Committees, and approved by the Regional Journal Selection Committee.

The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Editors (APAME) was conceived during the second meeting on the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus in Seoul in November 2007 and was formally established at its inaugural meeting in Seoul in May 2008. The constitution was drafted, terms of reference were developed, standing committees were established and the first office bearers were elected during this meeting.

Subsequent meetings included the Joint Meeting of APAME and WPRIM in Beijing from November 18-21, 2008, where the constitution and logo were adopted, a WHO Informal Consultation on WPRIM & GHL in Manila on June 17, 2009, the Second Joint Meeting of APAME and WPRIM in Singapore from November 4-5, 2009 in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of the Singapore Medical Journal, the Third Joint Meeting of APAME and WPRIM in Ha Noi, Vietnam from November 3-5, 2010, the APAME Congress in conjunction with the 4th Asia Pacific Evidence Based Medicine Network Conference (APEMBNC) and the 8th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) meeting, in Seoul, Korea from August 28-31, 2011and the APAME2012 Asia Pacific Association of Medical Editors Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 31- September 3 2012.

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

In its recent 2012 convention in Kuala Lumpur, APAME formally expanded its membership to editors, reviewers, publishers and librarians from the 11 member states of the South East Asian Region in addition to colleagues from the 37 member states of the Western Pacific Region. In addition, the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Promotion of Scholarly Writing Skills and Standards in the Asia Pacific Region” and a complementary platform to WPRIM, APAMED Central, were formally launched on September 2, 2012.


Contact us

WHO Western Pacific Regional Office
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Philippines
Email: apame@wpro.who.int