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Nordic webinar: Bilingualism from submission to publication: Speaking with the editor-in-chief

Wednesday, 3 May 2023

English is the dominant language in scientific literature, but there are many reasons for introducing bilingualism in academic journals. Bilingualism has generally been avoided due to the perception of high costs and possible inconsistencies between the source language article and the translated version. A medical journal based in Santiago, Chile, carried out a two-year-long quality improvement intervention to overhaul the peer review, copyediting, translating and publication technologies to ensure full bilingualism from submission to online publication. The outcomes are full bilingualism for articles submitted in Spanish and simultaneous publication of both language versions while not compromising the financial sustainability of the journal.


This event was organised by the Nordic Regional Chapter of EASE. It was free and open to all.


Vivienne Bachelet

Associate professor, University of Santiago of ChileChile

Vivienne C. Bachelet, MD, MSc, is editor-in-chief of Medwave and associate professor at the University of Santiago of Chile (USACH). Dr. Bachelet heads the Evidence-Based Medicine Unit in the School of Medicine. She was a member of COPE council from 2016 to 2019. Her current research interests are COVID-19, methods and evidence synthesis, and research integrity and publication practices.