Vol 37 No. 2 Editorial PDF

The Editorial Board of the Philippine Journal of Ophthalmology (PJO)

The Editorial Board of the Philippine Journal of Ophthalmology (PJO), represented by the Editor-in-Chief, is a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization that supports and promotes medical journalism in the Asia-Pacific region by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange of information and knowledge.1

The vision of APAME is to promote health care through the dissemination of high-quality knowledge and information on medicine in the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of health in the Asia-Pacific region by ensuring the quality and dissemination of health-related information published in medical journals, which are utilized for better decision-making and effective delivery of health services.1

To achieve this, the objectives of APAME are: 1) to encourage collaboration and facilitate communication among medical journal editors in the region and globally; 2) to improve editorial standards and promote professionalism in medical editing through education, self-assessment, and self-governance; 3) to facilitate research writing and peer-review processes through training workshops, seminars and other activities; and 4) to foster the continuing education of medical journal editors, reviewers, editorial staff, publishers and librarians in the region.1

At the 2012 convention of the APAME held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 31 to September 3, 2012, the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Promotion of Scholarly Writing Skills and Standards in the Asia Pacific Region” was launched. The editors of the PJO have confirmed this commitment by publishing this special announcement.


1. Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors. About APAME: http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/apame/about/en (accessed December 3, 2012).