Translation Guidelines

We provide the following guidance for creating new translations of the DC/TMD protocol and of other instruments:

Title Description
READ ME FIRST Quick orientation and overview of Consortium principles and etiquette of the translation procedures
Guidelines for Translation and Cultural Equivalency of Instruments Core document for translators (revised May 11, 2013) and applicable to any instrument
Translation Agreement for complete DC/TMD This document describes the scope of translation and the required process for the translation teams who wish to translate the full DC/TMD, in order for the translation to meet scientific standards and thereby be posted on the Consortium web site.
Translation and Adaptation of the DC/TMD Provides translation and procedural guidance specific to the DC/TMD (revised March 20, 2014)
Summary Report Logs (zip file; general purpose) Required for Consortium-approved translations; provide self-documentation of the translation process and for archival reference of a completed translation (revised May 11, 2013)
Tutorial for Using the Translation Logs An annotated set of Translation Logs for a single instrument, illustrating how to use the Logs, common errors, and appropriate solutions to common problems.
Translation and Adaptation of the RDC/TMD Relevant only to the RDC/TMD; posted here for archival purposes (revised Aug 4, 2007)

Additional support documents are available to Consortium members for the translation of the DC/TMD: Translation Log B for each DC/TMD instrument, and original source file (in English) for use in transferring the final translation to the administration instrument.  See link below.

!! Note that for new translations to be posted on the Consortium web site, they must adhere to the standards as presented in the Guidelines and the translation process must be documented using the full set of Translation Logs.

For further information regarding new translations or questions, contact the Consortium committee.

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