Mental health

Galvanizing mental health research in low- and middle-income countries

Role of scientific journals

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 5
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish



The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO organized a meeting on Mental Health Research in Developing Countries: Role of Scientific Journals in Geneva on 20 and 21 November 2003 that was attended by twenty-five editors representing journals publishing mental health research. A number of other editors reviewed and contributed to the background and follow-up material. This statement is issued by all participants jointly (see Appendix 1 for the list of journals/organizations and their representatives).

Research is needed to address the enormous unmet mental health needs of low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries. Scientific journals play an important role in production and dissemination of research.