The American Thoracic Society, the scientific arm of the American Lung Association decided in 1995 to no longer publish research conducted with funds from the tobacco industry. The society publishes two medical journals; the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. The two journals publish only a few papers each year from researchers with tobacco industry funding. In 1994 alone, scientists with tobacco industry grants published 375 scientific papers in a wide array of journals.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.