Language barriers are holding back science. English is the language of science, but a third of research is not in English. Researchers said scientists miss a lot of important research. Journals should have summaries of a study in many languages. They said universities should translate research into different languages.
International companies are asking staff to use only English to reduce language barriers. Volkswagen said is its official language. Japan's carmaker Honda said its staff must use English by 2020. Scientists need to be serious about this. The WHO missed important research about avian flu because it was in Chinese.