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Improving journal publishing practices and standards for increased research equity – INASP Blog

Improving journal publishing practices and standards for increased research equity

To help address the biggest challenges facing the world today, researchers need opportunities to participate fully in the research process whoever they are and wherever they are in the world. Last year the Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and INASP held a dialogue event in Kampala to look at the challenges of achieving research equity in Uganda today and the steps that could be taken in the future.

Among other things, this event highlighted how an important component of improving global equity in research communication is supporting smaller, scholar-led titles in countries such as Uganda. This echoes the work that INASP has been doing for the past two decades through the Journals Online project and, more recently in partnership with African Journals Online, the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) journal assessment framework.

At the end of August, as part of a second meeting on research equity, UNCST and INASP brought together 30 participants for a two-day workshop for journal editors in Kampala. The aim was to help these editors improve their publishing standards to meet the requirements of JPPS and increase visibility of their journals and the research.

For more information about ORCID, see here. Another popular topic within the workshop was the discussion about copyright, permissions and plagiarism.

The workshop also tackled potential inequities within Ugandan journals by discussing gender balances within the journals.

Sioux Cumming will be speaking in a panel discussion about equity and diversity and sharing some of the experiences of journal editors in Uganda and elsewhere in the ALPSP International Conference on Thursday 12 September.


One Response to “Improving journal publishing practices and standards for increased research equity

  • George Essien
    5 years ago

    Please, when are we starting this year, Editorial process for journal editors? Thanks in anticipation!