10/90 Journals
10/90 Journals
Bridging the information gap:
Promoting Research around the World

What is 10/90?

“10/90 gap refers to the statistical finding of the Global Forum for Health
Research [1] that only ten per cent of worldwide expenditure on health research
and development is devoted to the problems that primarily affect the poorest 90
per cent of the world's population.” [2]

“Information and Communication is key to fighting the 10/90 gap”.
This forum is for addressing the larger 90% through:

(1) 10/90 Journals:
With the launching of the 10/90 Student Journal for
giving a voice to students from around the world to discuss openly more about
neglected issues.

(2) Blog and Discussions Sections addressing various aspects of the digital divide
and aspects pertaining to health research.

The Core Objective:

The beta version hopes to address important health issues around the world,
especially those affecting the developing countries. It is a platform giving voice
to the neglected issues of the world.

Initially, for researchers, students and young scientists we are launching the
10/90 Research Journal. The focus of the journal would be to present quality
reviews and opinions from experts of the field regarding different aspects and
issues concerning research in general. Unless we do not know the basic
principles of research, we would not be able to do good research. The concept is
simple, but is needed because the resources highlighting issues related to
research are limited and if available are not free.

This open access plans to bridge that information gap and provide fellow
researchers with good, useful and up to date quality reviews on topics
concerning research.

Instruction for authors:

The topics submitted should be thoroughly searched and reviewed. Articles sent
may be concerning but not limited to the following topics:

The article should be in word format, double spaced with clearly outlined
headings. The use of abbreviations should be minimal. Evidence should be
supported by references wherever needed.

Tables and figures if used should be embedded within the document.

The title page should highlight the title along with the authors and their
affiliations/place of work. People who made contributions to the work but are
not entitled for authorship should duly be acknowledged in the
acknowledgements section.

A box highlighting 5 important lessons to be learnt from the article should be
included with every submission in the same document.

All submissions should be addressed to
editor@promotingresearch.com with
the title
10/90 Research Journal - (Article Title) in the subject line.

Plagiarism [3]:

"* Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or
other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting
them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source.

* The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the
contributions or the plagiariser. This applies whether the ideas or words are
taken from abstracts, research grant applications, ethics committee
applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication
format (print or electronic).

* Plagiarism is serious scientific misconduct. " [3]

The Road Ahead:

Followed by this, the journal would highlight the research work related to
Mental Health, Public Health, Tropical Diseases and Social Sciences. However,
research related to all areas of medicine and other sciences are invited.

As pointed out by the Global Health Forum Report as well, little interest goes to
research outside the Bio-Medical area, which further leads to neglect of many
key areas affecting human health.  

The review process is unique because the initial review comes from other fellow
peers themselves. This also helps students in developing analytical skills and
lets them compare their reviews with those of a faculty referee.

The goal is to encourage students for engaging themselves in research and gives
them a voice in the world literature. It is to encourage them to research and
present their work. The forum is the starting point rather than an endpoint for
presenting their work.

It is a platform to share experiences, so that other students can learn and benefit
from what you have learnt. We all are students and will always be. Sharing of
our ideas and experiences with each other would have immense benefit in the
long run.

The material wherever used should be appropriately cited giving credit to the


[1] 10/90 Report on Health Research 2003-2004
Available from the Global Health Forum’s Website
Accessed August 6, 2007

[2] Wikipedia contributors, "10/90 gap," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,
Accessed August 6, 2007.

[3] Author Guidelines. StudentBMJ. Available: http://student.bmj.
com/write/guidelines.php. Accessed August 7, 2007.

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