Author Archives: Sian Harris

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About Sian Harris

Siân Harris is Publications and Engagement Manager at INASP

Research into climate change is vital in countries that are on the frontline of feeling its effects
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Strong local research and knowledge systems are vital in tackling local and global problems, and a great example of this is in tackling climate change. Siân Harris looks at a few of the ways that INASP has been supporting Southern environmental research and its use in policy. Continue reading

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How good publishing partnerships can support development
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This blog looks at how strong partnerships in publishing can support development, particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. This will be a key focus of 2016’s Publishers for Development meetings. It was originally published on Digital Science’s Perspectives blog. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of far-reaching goals towards reduced poverty and a fairer and more sustainable world over the next 15 years, came into effect at the start of 2016. They have much to say for anybody working in international development but also for anybody working in the areas of research and research information. The goals are intended to tackle key issues for alleviating poverty and addressing inequality – and in issues such as climate change, agriculture, clean water and health, to name a few, there is a clear role for research and researchers. The 17th and final SDG – Strengthen the means of implementation and … Continue reading

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Supporting displaced and disadvantaged academics
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In a post first published on Digital Science’s Perspectives blog, Siân Harris looks at how online courses such as INASP’s AuthorAID research-writing MOOC can help academics in fragile countries. Continue reading

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Making research connections with social media
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Academics across all disciplines are increasingly using social media to share their work. These networks’ global reach and lack of subscription fees makes them especially useful for researchers in the South, but the platforms also demand a different tone and mode of engagement than peer-reviewed journals and books. INASP’s Communications Coordinator Sian Harris recently shared social media insights and guidelines with Sri Lankan journal editors and medical researchers. Here is an edited selection of her tips. Why use social media? Many researchers around the world are using social media to share their published research, as well as to discuss work in progress and their research fields more generally. Social media provides an informal and rapid way of communicating research. It can take months, even years, for a published paper to come out, but a researcher can tweet a link to that paper within minutes. Sharing research via social media enables people to comment on and share research easily. It reveals research that people might not … Continue reading

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AuthorAID workshop participants gain free editorial support through new partnership
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INASP’s AuthorAID and the author communications company Research Square have struck a new partnership (see Pilot brings free editorial services to sample of AuthorAID community) to offer free editorial services to selected AuthorAID workshop participants. We ask INASP Associate Ravi Murugesan and Ben Mudrak, Business Development Manager of Research Square, about how the partnership came about and how AuthorAID researchers will benefit. What do Research Square and AuthorAID do? Ravi: Both AuthorAID and Research Square support researchers in communicating and publishing their work. AuthorAID is a non-profit programme with a small team, and we rely a lot on partnerships and volunteers to fulfil our mission. For example, we work with universities and research institutes in developing countries to embed training on research-writing skills and we have mentors in our online mentoring scheme who provide one-to-one support. Ben: At Research Square, we provide services and tools designed to assist researchers around the … Continue reading

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