With this theme issue on poverty and human development, JAMA joins more than 230 science and biomedical journals participating in a global theme issue on this critically important topic.1,2 The aim of this global theme issue, organized through the Council of Science Editors (CSE), is to raise awareness, stimulate interest, and disseminate research about the worldwide problem of poverty and human development. This international collaboration includes journals from 34 developing and developed countries. Participating journals with links to their Web sites and articles on the topic of poverty and human development are listed on the CSE Web site.2 This is the third and largest of such global theme issues. In 1996, 36 journals from 21 countries published on the theme of emerging and reemerging global microbial threats,3 and in 1997, 97 journals in 31 countries published on the theme of aging.4
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