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'Is there racism in academic medical publishing?’
  1. Madunil Anuk Niriella1,
  2. Arjuna Priyadarshin De Silva1,
  3. Hithanadura Janaka de Silva1,
  4. Saroj Jayasinghe2
  1. 1 Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka
  2. 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  1. Correspondence to Dr Madunil Anuk Niriella, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka; maduniln{at}

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We read with great interest the BMJ issue devoted to issues confronting doctors and patients from ethnic minority backgrounds.1 ,2 We applaud the Journal for its courage in tackling such a sensitive issue.

We the undersigned, academic clinicians from a lower middle-income country (LMIC), Sri Lanka, would like to highlight another aspect of the problem—that is, discrimination in academic medical publishing that borders on racism.

Academia and the scientific community are not immune to discrimination, however subtle, and the academic publication process is an area which deserves to be examined. It is widely acknowledged in our circles that academic manuscripts originating from institutions in non-Western, emerging economies, such as, for example, those of South Asia or Africa, …

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