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OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether the first (principal) and last (senior) authors of articles are affiliated to an organisation belonging to the study country in an analysis of high- and upper-middle-income countries, and low- and lower-middle-income countries.

DESIGN: Prospective review of all original articles (n = 911) submitted to the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) from June 2006 to May 2008.

RESULTS: In 81% of the submitted articles both the first and the last authors were affiliated to the country of the study. Slightly more articles from low (10%) than from lower-middle-income, high- and upper-middle-income countries (all 4%) had neither the first author nor the last author affiliated to the study country. For 17% of articles from low-income countries the senior author was not from the study country.

CONCLUSION: Although acceptance of articles for publication in the IJTLD is not dependent on this criterion, we find that a substantial proportion of authors from low- and middle-income countries were listed as principal and senior authors in articles submitted.
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Keywords: authorship affiliations; income of study country; prospective systematic review; submitted original articles

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 2: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; and University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa 3: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; and University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

    Certain IJTLD articles are selected for translation into French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian. They are available on the Union website

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