Why are we struggling to get an editor for our journal?
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Dr Haseeb Md. Irfanullah considers the journal publishing landscape in Bangladesh and why it is so difficult to attract editors to southern journals. He also shares his suggestions for how the situation might be improved. Continue reading

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Research knowledge is crucial to national and global development
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Julie Brittain has recently become the Executive Director of INASP, after four years as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes. She shares why INASP’s work contributes to global development Continue reading

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Stand out from the crowd with an ORCID iD
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Alice Meadows of ORCID explains how researchers can get unique identifiers and why they are important in helping research contributions to be attributed and discovered. Continue reading

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Weekly highlights from INASP – 8 January 2016
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Recent highlights from INASP include new videos from partners in research writing and evidence-informed policy making and news of a new Executive Director for INASP. Continue reading

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Three encounters with medical journal editors
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In July I was invited to give a talk at a medical writing workshop in Bangalore organized by The BMJ. It was the first of my interesting encounters with medical journal editors this year. The workshop was held at Bangalore Baptist Hospital for about 100 medical doctors and most of them appeared to be students and young clinicians. My talk was based on an article I wrote last year for SciDev.Net on how to target a suitable journal. Before my talk I got to attend a session led by Dr. Amar Jesani, who is the editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Unsurprisingly, the focus of Dr. Jesani’s talk was publication ethics. He presented intricate examples of scientific fraud and explained how journal editors have to always be alert these days. The questions from the audience indicated that many of them had no idea that publication ethics was such … Continue reading

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Chemistry researchers attend a participatory INASP research writing workshop
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Last month I had the pleasure of facilitating an AuthorAID research writing workshop in Nairobi jointly organized by INASP and the Pan Africa Chemistry Network, a unit of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This was a two-day workshop held on 20 and 21 November 2015, and it was organized right after the PACN Congress in Nairobi. Twenty of the congress delegates took part in the workshop. All were chemists: most were early-career researchers and some had substantial experience. They came from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. And they were all keen to improve their skills in writing research papers for publication. We have many slide decks on the AuthorAID resource library related to writing and publishing a research paper, but for this workshop I wanted to do something different. On the flight from Mumbai to Nairobi, which was my first time traveling on the comfortable Dreamliner, I reflected on … Continue reading

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