When Yanina Bellini Saibene began her career in data science at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology in La Pampa, Argentina, she was not fluent in English. She had learnt a little English at secondary school, but her family couldn't afford the extra courses she would have needed to master the language, and at university she focused on science. That lack of English mastery, she says, held her back. English is the universal language of science, yet Bellini Saibene was limited to publishing in Spanish-language journals, making her work largely invisible to a wider audience. “Sometimes I wonder how much humanity loses because we are redoing things that aren't published in English,” she says. Her early efforts at written English often landed poorly. The comment of one reviewer for an English-language journal, suggesting that she “go back to school”, left a particularly nasty sting that lingers 15 years later. […]
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