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1 Slide 1 The missing link in the research cycle: AuthorAID at INASP Julie Walker, Publishing Support, INASP

2 Slide 2 Support for researchers Research (access initiatives such as PERii, Research 4 Life) Publish/disseminate (Support with Author fees, language editing services) Apply for funding Proposal writing workshops, how to guides

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4 Slide 4 Challenges for developing country researchers Limited resources Lack of personal mentoring and support Lack of writing skills training Lack of knowledge of appropriate journals Pressure to publish in prestigious international journals Language issues Connectivity/ Power problems

5 Slide 5 Publisher and institutional approach A sticking plaster approach Directing authors to editing organisations or web based guides but no training in writing skills or the mechanics of getting published or offering one-to-one support Some exceptions: Emerald, ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology), International Journal of Social Welfare More institutions recognising the importance of research writing skills training and support but lack resources

6 Slide 6 AuthorAID

7 Slide 7 Networking The AuthorAID website (www.authoraid.info) developed in collaboration with ILRT and Pure Usability Ltd. A global research community with over 1550 members and 3,000 to 4,000 visits per month Opportunity to communicate with other researchers across the globe Intersection of all AuthorAID activities

8 Slide 8 Mentoring Either scientific or editorial South/South North/South North/North Manual matching and online Online mentoring system –Self matching –Online collaboration space but not compulsory –Guidelines and learning agreement

9 Slide 9 Resources 182 resources in 6 languages: –English –French –Spanish –Chinese –Arabic –Vietnamese Portuguese to be added soon. Development of a Spanish website.

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11 Slide 11 Training Workshops on research writing –Currently seven per year –Held in AuthorAID focus countries and INASP partner countries –Invited participants include AuthorAID registered members, IFS and TDR grantees, INASP partner country researchers Future developments –Online teaching packs –Train the trainer workshops –Online tutorials and events –More social science workshops

12 Slide 12 Support for researchers with AuthorAID Research (use AuthorAID to connect with other researchers in the field Find a mentor/improve writing skills through AuthorAID Publish/disseminate! (Use AuthorAID to help find the right journal) Apply for funding (Use AuthorAID for writing the funding proposal)

13 Slide 13 New and future developments Facebook and Twitter accounts and share this Instant messaging Mobile friendly site Publishers corner for calls for papers etc Publisher awards Online events Discussion list RSS feeds

14 Slide 14 How can you help? Recruiting mentors: Involve societies Retired academics/editors Instructions to authors Other support: Guest blogs Resources Supporting publisher awards

15 Slide 15 Mentor comments..looking periodically at the AuthorAID website helps me see the issues that developing-country researchers regard as important.. I am trying to assist busy medical doctors in learning to write, set goals, do statistics, etc. as part of a fellowship plan. It's good to know others are doing the same and that resources are available. Satisfying to have a way for me to use my specialized skills to help the world scientific community. Looks good on my LinkedIn profile.


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