Editorial Challenges-Walker


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Editorial Challenges and Responses in Asia and Africa: The Journals Online Projects and AuthorAid at INASP Julie Walker

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Editorial Challenges-Walker

  1. 1. Editorial challenges and responses in Asia and Africa - The Journals Online Projects and AuthorAID at INASP Julie Walker, Head of Publishing Support, INASP Slide 1
  2. 2. INASP facts and figures… • Established in 1992 in response to an International Co ncil for Council Science (ICSU) study on meeting the information needs of scientists in developing and emerging countries • Registered as a charity in 2004 • 16 full-time staff • International Board of Trustees • Works in Africa, Asia and Latin America Africa – over 100 eligible countries. • Funded mainly by 22 partner countries and European governments • Key programme is PERii – supporting research communication cycle Slide 2
  3. 3. Why research communication? “It is calculated that some 90% of all scientists th t h i l l t d th t f ll i ti t that have ever walked the face of the earth are alive right now.” Funky Business Forever: Jonas Ridderstrale & Kjell Nordstrom “Scientific skills and knowledge enable countries to find their own solutions to their own problems and critically they problems…and, critically, unlock the potential of innovation and technology to accelerate economic growth, and enter the global economy. economy ” Commission for Africa report Slide 3
  4. 4. Support areas at INASP Publishing Support g pp Evidence Informed Policy Information Delivery Coordination Library Development ICT Training Slide 4
  5. 5. General Challenges • Brain drain/ prestige of publishing in prestigious / f international journals • Connectivity/ Power problems • Lack of networking/support/conferences etc • Lack of journal visibility • Poor quality of journals and submissions • Language issues • Few publishing training centres • Political instability Slide 5
  6. 6. Responses • Set-up of JOLs S f O • Support for regional networks • AuthorAID A th AID • Training Slide 6
  7. 7. JOLs • INASP has been collaborating with PKP and using th i h b ll b ti ith d i their open source software to set up journal websites for hosting multiple journals. This aims to: • to increase visibility of research from regional journals in developing countries • to increase capacity of the editors to – improve the quality of their journals – manage their journals online • St t d with AJOL (1998) , now under SA management Started ith d t but with continued funding from INASP • Now focusing on Asia JOLS g Slide 7
  8. 8. Journals Online Project Aims: • to increase visibility of research from regional journals in developing countries • to increase capacity of the editors to – improve the quality of their journals – manage their journals online Slide 8
  9. 9. JOLS General Challenges • Lack of resources/time f / • Getting new content • Keeping th sites l K i the it low b d idth bandwidth • In Africa attitudes to open access but not in Asia (97% of articles on SLJOL full text) • Finding in-country hosting within a four year time p period Slide 9
  10. 10. Training and Support for the JOLs Capacity b ildi workshops f editors i l di C it building k h for dit including: • Initial workshop on loading articles and online publishing strategy • Subsequent training workshops on using the full online submission system, general training on the roles of the editor, author and reviewer and l f th dit th d i d training on managing an editorial office • Online publishing training workshops for p g g p countries using AJOL • Support to find in-country hosting Slide 10
  11. 11. AJOL 350 journals from 26 countries 60,000 visits per month Slide 11
  12. 12. Asia Journals Online • Currently five Asian Journals Online databases: – VJOL (Vietnam) www.vjol.info – NepJOL ( p ) www.nepjol.info p (Nepal) pj – BanglaJOL (Bangladesh) www.banglajol.info – PhilJOL (The Philippines) www.philjol.info – SLJOL (Sri Lanka) www.sljol.info Slide 12
  13. 13. BanglaJOL • Launched in 200 2007 • Currently 39 journals across a wide spread of subjects id d f bj t • Online support community for the editors Key challenges: Power and human resources Slide 13
  14. 14. NepJOL • L Launched i 2007 h d in • Currently 41 journals across wide spread of subjects • Online support community for editors Key challenges: • Power • Political instability • Staff changes Slide 14
  15. 15. VJOL • Launched in 200 2007 • 23 journals • Bilingual Bili l • Hosting transferred locally in 2009 Key challenges: • Language • Finding new content Slide 15
  16. 16. PhilJOL • Launched in 2008 • Currently 30 journals across wide spread of subjects d f bj t • Online support community for editors Key challenges: • University rivalries • Finding new content Slide 16
  17. 17. SLJOL • Launched in 2008 • Currently 16 journals but we hope t h h to have more very soon! ! • 97% of articles full-text Key challenges: • Political instability • Staff changes Slide 17
  18. 18. AsiaJOL Slide 18
  19. 19. AJOL Challenges • Open Access O • Getting the site up-to-date • Getting G tti content loaded on to the site t tl d d t th it • Relationship and funding Slide 19
  20. 20. AJOL responses • Training workshops working closely with AJOL O • Working with PKP to get the site up and running • T i i i th f ll peer review system Training in the full i t Slide 20
  21. 21. Networking and communication • JOLs newsletters O • D-group discussion lists • S Support for editorial networks – i FAME and tf dit i l t k i.e d JEAN Slide 21
  22. 22. JOL Newsletters Slide 22
  23. 23. Results • I Increase in submissions i b i i • 22% increase in acceptance in indexes “I must thank you for your support of our journal I through PhilJOL. As soon as we got into PhilJOL, the number of submissions has increased significantly. Th i i ifi tl The increase i so significant, th t I is i ifi t that am considering suggesting to our publisher that we increase the number of issues per year from 2 to 3. The quality of the submissions has also improved! I know that this improvement is partly due to our visibility in PhilJOL.” PhilJOL. Slide 23
  24. 24. Evaluating % increase in % increase in % increase in number of number of number of 2008 journals j l articles i l FT articles i l BanglaJOL 200% 209% 324% NepJOL 72% 106% 187% VJOL 50% 206% 202% Total 164% 166% 230% Slide 24
  25. 25. Future directions • Development of Central American JOL fC O • Further development of Asia JOL, including Pakistan JOL • Search for in-country partners to take over hosting Slide 25
  26. 26. AuthorAID www.authoraid.info • www.authoraid.info f Slide 26
  27. 27. Publication b i P bli ti barriers for developing f d l i country researchers • Limited resources • Lack f L k of personal mentoring and support l t i d t • Language issues • Lack f iti L k of writing skills t i i kill training • Poor connectivity/bandwidth issues Slide 27
  28. 28. Publisher and institutional approach • a sticking plaster approach. ti ki l t h • Directing authors to editing organisations or web based guides but not giving training in writing skills or the mechanics of getting published or offering one-to-one support • Some exceptions: Emerald, ISEE (international Society for Environmental Epidemiology), HEP • More institutions recognising the importance of research f writing skills training and support but lack resources Slide 28
  29. 29. Project background • Concept was developed by Tony Robbins and Phyllis Freeman who recognized the need to support developing country researchers with the publication process • Funded as part of PERii programme at INASP with additional funding from Sida • Begun in 2007 as a carefully evaluated pilot project – 3 years initially Slide 29
  30. 30. Key Support Areas • Networking • Mentoring • Resources R • Training Slide 30
  31. 31. Networking • Th AuthorAID website ( The A th AID b it (www.authoraid.info) d th id i f ) developed i l d in collaboration with ILRT and Pure Usability Ltd. • A global research community with 732 members • Opportunity to communicate with other researchers across the globe • The intersection of all AuthorAID activities – Training and events – Online mentoring – Resources – Blog/news/updates • Key challenge: connectivity, so a low bandwidth site Slide 31
  32. 32. Mentoring Either i tifi Eith scientific or editorial dit i l South/South North/South North/North Manual matching and online Online mentoring system • Self matching • Online collaboration space but not compulsory • Guidelines and learning agreement Currently 90 mentoring pairs maybe more pairs, Key challenge – monitoring and finding mentors Slide 32
  33. 33. Resources 164 resources in 5 languages: • English • French • Spanish • Chinese • Arabic Vietnamese is forthcoming. Key challenge - extending reach CD for partner institutions, workshop participants and for organisations with limited connectivity Slide 33
  34. 34. • S Screen dump of resources page f Slide 34
  35. 35. Training • Workshops on research writing – Currently three per year • Ke challenge – e tending reach Key extending – Online teaching packs – Cascading workshop methodology – Train the trainer workshops Slide 35
  36. 36. Challenges • Extending reach • Finding mentors • Sustainability S t i bilit • Finding a new host • Monitoring d M it i and evaluation of online mentoring l ti f li t i relationships Slide 36
  37. 37. Responses • Stepping up of promotion S f • Creating teaching packs • Creating l i C ti plug-ins • Networking Slide 37
  38. 38. Some other initiatives • SciELO South Africa S OS f • Sabinet • Ghana OSPC I iti ti Gh Initiative • Revitalisation of FAME • Bioline Bi li • CSE Editor Link programme Slide 38
  39. 39. Future developments • Social networking widgets S • Instant messaging • Mobile friendly it M bil f i dl site • ‘Publisher’s corner’ for calls for papers etc • Plug-ins Pl i • (Insert social networking icons) Slide 39
  40. 40. Conclusion • Editors in Africa and Asia face numerous f f challenges, many also faced by Latin American editors • Collaborative projects such as the JOLs and AuthorAID can attempt to address these p challenges. • The creation of networking organisations give editors a voice and the power to create their own di i d h h i solutions Slide 40
  41. 41. Questions • How can African/Asian/Latin American f / / cooperation develop? • What lessons can be learnt from each other • Can any technology be shared? Slide 41