language barriers to environmental science.

Ignoring non-English-language studies may bias ecological meta-analyses

Excluding non-English studies risks changing the outcome of meta-analyses

Languages are still a major barrier to global science

Over a third of global scientific knowledge may be available only in non-English languages

Embrace linguistic diversity

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Science’s English dominance hinders diversity

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Our mission

One third of global scientific knowledge may currently be ignored because it is available only in languages other than English. On the other hand, about half of decision makers may not be utilizing scientific evidence that is available only in English.

Clearly, tackling any global challenge, including the biodiversity crisis, hinges on the smooth flow of scientific information globally, yet this flow is severely hampered by the existence of language barriers. The translatE project applies scientific approaches to address this important, yet often overlooked challenge of transcending language barriers in science, with the aim of maximising scientific contributions to the conservation of the earth’s environment.

We believe that scientific communities need more concerted efforts for understanding and overcoming language barriers. If you are interested in our project, please get in touch with us. Let’s work together to tackle this important challenge.


translatE is funded by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT180100354) and the University of Queensland strategic funding.

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We are happy to issue our July 2021 project update, which includes information on our recent preprints and papers as

We successfully organised a workshop on language barriers to academic publishing on 7th July. The workshop had two major objectives. In

Our new opinion piece "Ten tips for overcoming language barriers in science" has just been published in Nature Human Behaviour. Based