Posted on April 24, 2014

Only 1.5% of scientific papers published every year originate from the Middle East. With this alarming statistic in mind, Sidra Medical and Research Center is taking the lead in helping colleagues in Qatar and from across the region see their research published in leading international science journals.

“Sidra wanted to link the tremendous scientific expertise bred in the Middle East with the international research community and offer support to scientists in Qatar and the region to see their research shared with colleagues from around the world. Collaboration is a key success factor for any scientific endeavor and research publications are a vehicle for that,” said Sidra’s Chief Research Officer Dr. Francesco Marincola.

Sidra has partnered with BioMed Central, a leading open access journal publisher with over 260 titles, for a Sidra Symposia Series event on “Trends in Biomedical Research & Scholarly Publishing” taking place April 24. BioMed Central editors will present the latest trends in global scholarly publishing, touching upon areas such as the growth of open access publishing and the importance of the internationalization of regional journals. Speakers will review best practice for authors to present their research to journals and capitalize on the publication of that research.

Deborah Kahn, Executive Vice President at BioMed Central said, “Sidra and BioMed Central share the aims of making excellent research visible and accessible to all scientists, and we are delighted to be hosting this joint symposium with Sidra. Our Editors have a wealth of expertise in science and medicine, as well as scientific research publishing and we’re glad of the opportunity to share and discuss this with the delegates.”

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“Developing a knowledge-based economy is rooted in research and Sidra, along with peers like Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and the new open source journal QScience, as well as BMC colleagues across the world, aim to help support the burgeoning research endeavors of Arabic scientists,” said Sidra’s Dr. Marincola.

Sidra is building a robust research program to support local and regional scientific research in partnership with international institutions to build a hub of biomedical research and become an integral part of many international research initiatives and networks. Sidra will focus on research relevant to women’s and children’s health according to Qatar National Research Priorities, leading to better understanding of the cause of disease and identification of patient-specific treatments where researchers and clinicians, working in interprofessional teams, will be able to rapidly translate discoveries in the laboratory to the inpatient bedside, the outpatient clinic and the broader population.