Why join this course?
  • Improve your knowledge of international journal publishing practices and editorial processes in order to improve the reputation of your journal
  • Share your experiences with journal editors from other parts of the world in discussion forums
  • Develop an action plan for the improvement of your own journal
Who is this course for?

This course is designed for editors and members of editorial boards of journals included on the Journals Online platforms. It is particularly relevant for editors of Southern journals with limited experience of editorial processes and journal publishing. It is also appropriate for more experienced editors who wish to refresh their understanding and share their experiences with others.

What will you learn?

Work through the entire course to gain a comprehensive understanding of the whole editorial process or select the specific topics in which you require most assistance. Topics covered include:

  • Design elements for journals
  • Roles and responsibilities of editorial board members
  • Working with authors
  • The peer-review process
  • Publication ethics
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Maximising journal impact
  • Improving visibility via indexing and abstracting services
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Length of the course

Up to 13 weeks depending on how many topics you choose to complete and the amount of time you have to devote to the course

Expected time commitment

3 to 4 hours per week

Learning resources and activities

Guided readings with mini quizzes, reflection questions, videos of editors sharing experiences; discussion forums with facilitator support; and prompts to develop an action plan for your own journal

What support you can expect

A course moderator will be available but may not be able to respond to every single question. There will be a number of participants from Africa and South Asia so queries to the discussion forum should generate responses.

A note about technical support: No technical support is available prior to the course. When the course begins, limited technical support will be available on the “technical support” forum in the course. Unfortunately we will not be able to respond to individual email requests for support before or during the course.

Course completion criteria

Going through the guided readings in all the modules and submitting all the action plans

Certificate?

Yes

High bandwidth internet connection required?

No - there are videos in the course but they are optional

Is the course compatible with mobile devices?

Yes, the course is partially compatible with mobile devices such as smartphones. More information will be given at the start of the course.

Any deadlines?

All activities should be completed by the end date of the course.

Start date

The course started on 18 September 2018 and enrolment has closed.


Pilot course to strengthen evidence based critical thinking skills of undergraduates in Sierra Leone. The course is part of a blended learning approach and will be complemented by face-to-face lessons.

Lecturers in Sierra Leone will go through the course, before it will be rolled out in a pilot version with students.

Why join this course?
  • Improve your understanding and build skills at your own pace
  • Share your learning journey and make new connections with peers via interactive discussion forums
  • Learn with course content and tools tailored to developing country contexts – including suitability for low bandwidth internet connection
  • Demonstrate the attainment of skills/knowledge via a course completion certificate from INASP.
What did previous course participants say about the course?
  • “I was moved from a more traditional library to the e-resource unit ... The course came just at the right time to teach me how to collect information to evaluate e-resource usage..”
  • “[The course] met my expectations absolutely. … We were closing the year and wanted to convince management for more budget. … They added a million to our budget.”
Who is the course for?

This course is for librarians with responsibility for collating, analysing and evaluating information on the use of e-literature in order to provide appropriate services to library users, and contribute to library consortium decision making.

This course is for librarians seeking to improve their knowledge of copyright and skills in dealing with publisher licences. It is offered in collaboration with library consortia in INASP’s partner countries to consortium members.

What will you learn?

Participants who have completed all course activities will be able to:

  • Access usage data supplied by publishers
  • Process and interpret quantitative and qualitative usage data
  • Design an evaluation project which helps improve the library’s service
  • Write a data analysis report which can be used by the library, institution and country consortium
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Length of programme

8 weeks (4 units and peer-review phase)

Expected time commitment

Approximately 4 hours per week

Learning resources and activities

Guided readings; individual and collaborative activities such as exploration, problem solving, discussions, quizzes; surveys; polls; assignment; peer review of some fellow participants’ assignments

Course completion criteria

  1. Going through the learning resource given for every week, answering a short survey to reflect on your learning, and completing a poll at the end of each unit;
  2. Completing mini-activities and exercises that are part of each learning resource;
  3. Passing the quiz at the end of the course;
  4. Completing the course assignment by taking part in both the submission and assessment phases;
  5. Completing the pre- and post-assessment quizzes; and
  6. Completing the course feedback form.

Certificate?

Yes, awarded upon meeting the course completion criteria

High bandwidth internet connection required?

Preferable – to watch the videos embedded in the content. However, the course can also be completed without having watched the videos.

Any deadlines?

Work at your own pace, but ideally within the recommended deadlines for each week. The units build upon what you learn each week. This means that if you find yourself unable to participate in one week, you should try to catch up with the content and the activities before starting the activities of the following week.

Strict deadlines for assignment submission, peer review and post assessment at the end of the course

Next start date

To be announced



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Why join this course?
  • Improve your understanding and build skills at your own pace.
  • Share your learning journey and make new connections with peers via interactive discussion forums
  • Learn with course content and tools tailored to developing country contexts – including suitability for low bandwidth internet connection
  • Demonstrate the attainment of skills/knowledge via a course completion certificate from INASP.
What did previous course participants say about the course?
  • “This programme has been an eye opener for me. Since I started doing this, I’ve become more copyright conscious.”
  • “The delivery was superb because downloading was not a problem whenever the internet was working.”
  • “Has made me see the importance of taking steps to raise awareness of copyright among library users and staff.”
Who is the course for?

Although a vast amount of information is available online today, librarians are still responsible for collecting and curating the right scholarly content for their institution. Librarians need to work with publishers to obtain copyrighted content for their institution, and they must be prepared to raise awareness of copyright and safeguard copyright.

This course is for librarians seeking to improve their knowledge of copyright and skills in dealing with publisher licences. It is offered in collaboration with library consortia in INASP’s partner countries to consortium members.

What will you learn?

Participants who complete all the lessons and activities in this course will be able to

  • Describe the key aspects of copyright
  • Describe copyright and licensing from a library and institutional viewpoint
  • Develop plans to raise awareness of copyright within their institution
  • Assess the structure and clauses of a publisher license
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Length of programme

4 weeks

Expected time commitment

3 to 5 hours per week

Learning resources and activities

Entirely online; no "live" or synchronous activities in the course. Lessons (mainly text) and activities (quizzes; surveys/polls; forum activities which encourage reflective thinking and peer-to-peer learning)

Course completion criteria

Going through all of the content and completing all of the activities

Certificate?

Yes, awarded upon meeting the course completion criteria

High bandwidth internet connection required?

Not necessarily; the course has interactive content, but it is largely text-based

Any deadlines?

Only strict deadline is the course completion within 4 weeks. But keeping pace with fellow participants makes learning easier, as the discussions in the forums cover diverse topics.

Next start date

To be announced



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Why join this course?
  • Improve your knowledge and skills in research writing via one of the few online courses tailored for social science researchers
  • Share your learning journey and make new research connections with hundreds of researchers from around the world via interactive discussion forums
  • Receive expert advice from an international team of experienced guest facilitators
  • Learn with instructional materials designed for Southern researchers and grounded in a neutral point of view
What did previous course participants say about the course?
  • "I learnt a lot more about writing for the social sciences. At the moment there are very few people to guide us in this matter so this was helpful. The material provided is useful and can be referred to [following course completion].
  • "The discussion activities helped to reduce my inhibition about publication. Noticing similar experiences among others I have now realized what needs to be done."
  • "I really liked the contents of each lesson and the inclusion of real examples from published papers. Even though I had taken other courses on research publication, this has been my favourite and the most useful one."
  • "The mini quizzes and reflection-type questions tested my knowledge and helped me focus on important concepts."
Who is this course for?

The course is designed for researchers in developing countries working in the social sciences. It is particularly suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals,

What will you learn?

Participants who complete the course will be able to:

  • Use appropriate pathways to access published research literature
  • Describe the key issues in research and publication ethics
  • Identify suitable target journals for publishing their research
  • Draft a research manuscript by following journal guidelines
  • Deal with the peer review process
More information

Length of course

7 weeks

Expected time commitment

3 to 4 hours per week

Learning resources and activities

Guided readings with mini quizzes, reflection questions, and prompts to write on the course blogs; writing activities including peer assessment; discussion forums with facilitator support

Course completion criteria

Going through the guided readings, completing the writing activities

Certificate?

Yes, awarded upon meeting the course completion criteria

High bandwidth internet connection required?

No - there are videos in the course but they are optional

Any deadlines?

Yes - for the writing activities

Next start date

To be announced



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Why join this course?
  • Improve your knowledge and skills in scientific research writing through a tried and tested online course managed by the AuthorAID programme since 2011
  • Share your learning journey and make new research connections with hundreds of researchers from around the world via interactive discussion forums
  • Receive expert advice from an international team of experienced guest facilitators
  • Learn with instructional materials tailored to Southern researchers and grounded in a neutral point of view
What did previous course participants say about the course?
  • “This is about the only online course I have been able to follow through to the end... I'm so happy and fulfilled I did. It was educative, informative, interactive, challenging and exciting.”
  • “I really loved the diversity of facilitators and participants. The quizzes were set in ways that triggered me to organize my thoughts rather than simply test my intelligence.”
  • “The structure and organisation of the course encourages completion, especially when you are busy. Lessons are not unnecessarily prolonged and the videos and links are made optional. This is a great structure. Kudos!”
  • “I have learnt a lot about lay summaries and communicating research to a public audience! It is my sincere hope to apply the skills learnt during this course and communicate the knowledge further beyond my peers in the forestry sector!”
Who is this course for?

The course is designed for researchers in developing countries working in a scientific field (life sciences / natural sciences / other related fields). It is particularly suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals,

(Note: If you a researcher in the social sciences, follow the AuthorAID blog for news about the next offering of our research writing course specifically for social scientists.)

What will you learn?

Participants who complete the course will be able to:

  • Use appropriate pathways to access published research literature
  • Describe the key issues in research and publication ethics
  • Identify suitable target journals for publishing their research
  • Draft a research manuscript by following journal guidelines
  • Deal with the peer review process
More information

Length of the course

5 to 8 weeks, depending on the topics you choose to complete

Core topic

Writing a research paper for publication

There are 5 units under the core topic and they are spread over 5 weeks. You should complete the lessons, pass the weekly quizzes, and complete at least 1 of the 2 writing activities (including the peer-feedback phase) to receive a course completion certificate.

Unit 1: Literature review
Unit 2: Research and publication ethics
Unit 3: Writing a research paper - Part 1
Unit 4: Writing a research paper - Part 2
Unit 5: Publishing a paper in a journal

Optional topics

1. Writing a grant proposal
2. Communicating research outside academia


These optional topics are spread over 3 weeks. Neither of these topics are mandatory for course completion. You may exit the course after going through the 5 units that make up the core topic (described above). Alternatively you may stay on to complete either or both of the optional topics. You certificate will carry a mention of which optional topics, if any, you have completed in addition to the core topic.

Expected time commitment

3 to 4 hours per week

Learning resources and activities

Text-based content, multiple-choice quizzes; writing activities including peer assessment; discussion forums with facilitator support

What support you can expect

We expect to have an international team of guest facilitators who will respond to questions on the course forums. We expect a lot of participants on the course, so our guest facilitators may not be able to respond to every single question. However, most participants in our previous courses have reported high satisfaction with the responses they received on the forums from not only the facilitators but also their fellow course participants.

A note about technical support: No technical support is available prior to the course. When the course begins, limited technical support will be available on the “technical support” forum in the course. Unfortunately we will not be able to respond to individual email requests for support before or during the course.

What feedback you can expect

There will be two writing activities in the core topic that include peer assessment. To take part in these activities, you should submit your work and assess a few of your course colleagues’ submissions that are allocated to you. At the end of these activities, you can expect to see feedback on your work from your course colleagues. Please note that you will not get feedback on your work from the guest facilitators.

Certificate awarded?

Yes, awarded upon meeting the course completion criteria (described above)

High bandwidth internet connection required?

No - there are videos in the course but they are optional

Is the course compatible with mobile devices?

Yes, the course is compatible with mobile devices such as smartphones. More information will be given at the start of the course.

Any deadlines?

Yes - for the writing activities (you will know about the deadlines at least 2 weeks in advance)

Next start date

To be announced




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