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Reconciling business interests and development needs
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How can publishers ensure developing countries have access to the research they need? A successful partnership INASP’s partnerships with publishers have always been an essential part of our work to support access to research in Southern universities and research institutes. Through the two phases of the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) we’ve been able to make many thousands of e-journals available and in some cases e-books too. 2013 saw 4.5 million full-text downloads, with 65,000 full text items available in our partner countries – and this is of course on top of access achieved through Research4Life and other initiatives, as well as the wealth of resources now open access. The world of research communications has changed significantly in the last few years. OA has advanced rapidly, making a significant volume of research freely available, and there have been some steady, but marked improvements in the research systems … Continue reading

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Responsible engagement with developing countries: what can publishers do?
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We’ve put together some key principles to guide publishers wanting to ensure they engage responsibly with our partner countries, and to support genuinely sustainable and effective access. Make an effort to understand the country context, which institutions are members of the consortium, and what their needs are. Try to look beyond the capital city – connectivity for each is often very different. You can do this through direct discussion with the consortium, but also by participating in Publishers for Development events. Where a country wishes to negotiate as a consortium or purchasing club, respect this – don’t try to find alternative routes and don’t withdraw access before or during negotiations. It could damage reputations and relationships. Don’t make sudden changes – if you wish to develop a direct relationship, communicate with the consortium or national coordinating body early to explain your plans, and give them time to prepare. A 3-5 year … Continue reading

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PEER Science Participants’ Conference in Bangkok
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One night in June I became quite happy upon seeing an email on my Blackberry (yes, I still use one). It was an invitation to speak about getting research published at a conference for scientists from developing countries. I have just come back from this conference with fond memories and a much better understanding of what it takes to do good, collaborative scientific research in developing countries. The conference was called the PEER Science Participants’ Conference and it was held in Bangkok. PEER stands for Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research. It is run jointly by three American organizations: USAID, NSF (National Science Foundation), and NAS (National Academy of Sciences). PEER sets up collaborations between researchers in developing countries and American researchers, and funding is given to the former through USAID.

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Scientific publishing in Somalia: An interview with Dr. Jibril Handuleh
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Dr. Jibril Handuleh is a psychiatry practitioner living and working in Somalia. He is an AuthorAID mentee as well. We got acquainted with each other recently after he saw my article on the AuthorAID pilot online course in the journal of the European Association of Science Editors. Earlier this month, a short paper written by Dr. Handuleh was accepted for publication in The American Journal of Psychiatry, reputed to be the most widely read psychiatry journal in the world. I was delighted to hear of this success, and I thought his experience may be educational to researchers in developing countries who aspire to publish their work in leading journals.

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A year of marking milestones and identifying challenges
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It seems 2012 is a year for significant anniversaries and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in several of them. In my view, the most important of these was, of course, INASP’s 20th Anniversary — but then I might be biased. Some of the other milestones included: the 30th anniversary of the European Association for Science Editors (EASE) during its conference in Tallinn; the 125th Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) Annual Conference was held in Colombo; the Budapest Open Archive (BOAI) has been in operation for 10 years; and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) celebrated its 40th Anniversary at its recent Annual Conference.

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What caught our eye last week
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The UK looks poised to take a big step into Open Access. Last week, Ian Samples (the Guardian) looked at the UK government’s plan for ‘Free access to British Scientific research within two years’. The UK would be the first country to take this controversial step. We recently came across a report published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) entitled ‘Learning purposefully in capacity development’ (Alfredo Ortiz and Peter Taylor, IDS). The report analyses long and short term objectives of capacity development activity as well as what to take into consideration when deciding how to monitor the on-going process and evaluate the impact of the whole activity. This is a must read for any capacity development organisation. While not specifically related to research communication and international development, we did find the following links interesting. The first is simply the introduction of walking routes on Google maps for Africa. The second is a visual representation … Continue reading

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