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Authorship in Global Mental Health Research: Recommendations for Collaborative Approaches to Writing and Publishing

Authors:

Brandon A. Kohrt ,

Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC; Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
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MD, PhD
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Nawaraj Upadhaya,

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal; HealthNetTPO Netherlands, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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MA, MSc
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Nagendra P. Luitel,

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
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MA
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Sujen M. Maharjan,

Department of Psychology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
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MA
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Bonnie N. Kaiser,

Department of Anthropology, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Elizabeth K. MacFarlane,

Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC
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BA
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Noreen Khan

Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC
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Abstract

Background

Collaborations among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with mental illness from high-income countries (HICs) and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are crucial to produce research, interventions, and policies that are relevant, feasible, and ethical. However, global mental health and cultural psychiatry research publications have been dominated by HIC investigators.

Objective

The aim of this review was to present recommendations for collaborative writing with a focus on early career investigators in HICs and LMICs.

Methods

A workshop was conducted with HIC and LMIC investigators in Nepal to discuss lessons learned for collaborative writing. The researchers had experience in cross-cultural psychiatric epidemiology, health services research, randomized controlled trials, and projects with war and disaster-affected populations in complex humanitarian emergencies including child soldiers and refugees. Additional lessons learned were contributed from researchers engaged in similar collaborations in Haiti.

Findings

A step-by-step process for collaborative writing was developed.

Conclusions

HIC and LMIC writing collaborations will encourage accurate, ethical, and contextually grounded publications to foster understanding and facilitate reduction of the global burden of mental illness.

How to Cite: Kohrt, B.A., Upadhaya, N., Luitel, N.P., Maharjan, S.M., Kaiser, B.N., MacFarlane, E.K. and Khan, N., 2014. Authorship in Global Mental Health Research: Recommendations for Collaborative Approaches to Writing and Publishing. Annals of Global Health, 80(2), pp.134–142. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2014.04.007
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Published on 26 Jun 2014.
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