Published — 2019

Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication

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Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication has been to promote multilingualism in locally relevant research. Signatories from different parts of the world have supported the following recomendations with the vision of keeping indigeneity intact while intending to push research forward to  a larger audience: 

  • Support dissemination of research results for the full benefit of the society: 
    • Researchers are encouraged to disseminate results to a larger audience for interacting with heritage, culture, and society. 
    • Research materials should be made available in different languages
  • Protect national infrastructures for publishing locally relevant research
    • Not-for-profit journals and book publishers are expected to have sufficient resources and support needed to maintain high standards of quality control and research integrity
    • Safeguarding national journals and book publishers while transitioning to open access
  • Promote language diversity in research assessment, evaluation, and funding system
    • High quality research should be valued irrespective of the publishing language or publication channel.
    • Journal and book publications in all languages should be adequately taken into account, when metric-based systems are utilized.

The recommendations have been prepared through collaborative efforts of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV), the Committee for Public Information (TJNK), the Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing, Universities Norway (UHR) and the COST Action “European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities” (ENRESSH).

Kulczycki E, Mustajoki H, Pölönen J, Kaakinen L, Syrjämäki S, Kettunen R and Røeggen V (2019) Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication. doi: