You have spent years doing the research, you have obtained your results from the study and you have written a scientific article that dozens of leading journals have published. You may think that your work is done. However, you’re wrong! Scientific translation is what makes the world go round, so now that you have some time, let us give you some compelling reasons to translate your work.
Scientific translation increases its dissemination
While most scientific research is conducted and published in English, many research groups and laboratories speak other languages. By opting for a scientific translation and translating your research, you make your discoveries and theories available to a wider audience who can then further extend that research.
In addition, other laboratories and groups may be inspired to translate their work into English or other languages, which could further benefit your field of research. There may be an important theory that only French researchers are working on, meaning that without translation only people who can read French will ever find out about it. Similarly, your research could help a group in Germany or Brazil with their own advances, which you could then use to advance your own research. The translation of your study could open doors that you had not even considered before.
You could be exposed to new points of view
It can often be difficult to translate a word or phrase directly, and sometimes things have to be said in a slightly different way in another language. However, this does not mean that you are losing any substance. There may be a German word that describes something more precisely, or maybe the way the French say it simply … works! You never know what a new language will reveal.
While English is currently the lingua franca of science, this has not always been the case. Throughout history, many languages have dominated at different times: Arabic, French, Greek, Spanish and many others have had their glory years as the “lingua franca”. Who can predict whether another language will replace English in the future? Professional scientific translation improves the chance of your research continuing to benefit humanity for centuries to come.