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INASP and Research4Life Launch Research Advocacy Competition

28th June 2016

Global case study competition spotlights how users in the developing world have successfully advocated for a sustainable research culture.

London, United Kingdom June 28, 2016INASP and Research4Life have announced today a competition to recognize the critical role that researchers, librarians, policymakers, doctors and other professionals play in advocating their leaders to support research in their institutions and countries. The competition calls for case studies demonstrating how users have overcome hurdles to boost critical leadership support for the information and infrastructural resources needed to improve evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

Over the last two decades, INASP and Research4Life have worked to close the information gap between developed and developing countries by providing free or low cost access to academic, scientific, and professional peer-reviewed content online and providing the necessary training to support researchers, practitioners, librarians and authors in building viable research ecosystems. The competition will run from June 28th to September 15th and highlight best practice in garnering support from leaders to improve the sustainability of this access and usage. Case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international partners from the INASP and Research4Life communities.

Julie Brittain, Executive Director of INASP says: “Since 2002, INASP has been working with libraries, library consortia and publishers to supply relevant and appropriate online literature to academics and researchers in all fields. Top level support from institutional leaders has enabled librarians to provide access to much needed content and to build awareness and use among academics, researchers and students. We are keen for all those involved to share stories of how they have gathered support from decision makers and budget holders, as this is the key to on-going, long term access to research literature.”

“Since 2001, Research4Life has been working to provide access to critical research in the developing world. Our reach has grown to 117 countries and 69,000 journals, books and databases, but we realize more than ever that it can only be truly sustainable if leaders “upstream” of practitioners, researchers, and librarians are equally supportive of this need,” said Richard Gedye, Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and Director of Outreach Programmes at the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, “Our competition aims to celebrate and share those advocacy successes.”

The INASP/Research4Life Advocacy Competition is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and policymakers whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes  Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI or has access to research through an agreement mediated by INASP. Submissions will be accepted through The winner be announced in November and invited to present their work at the annual Publishers for Development conference and Research4Life General Partners Meeting in the UK in July 2017. Three contributing Research4Life partners have pledged prizes: Elsevier will provide the winner with a travel grant to cover their attendance at these meetings, SAGE Publishing has offered a one year subscription to a major reference work and Taylor & Francis will provide an honourable mention award.


INASP ( is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.

About Research4Life
Research4Life ( is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research in Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8,000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to nearly 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.


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Elsevier provides free online training platform for researchers

30th March 2016

Publishing Campus is a new platform with free online lectures, interactive training courses and expert advice.

Where should you go to get advice on applying for grants, planning your career or improving your publishing skills?

Elsevier launched the Elsevier Publishing Campus in 2015 to provide researchers all over the world with free access to valuable training. Divided into six colleges, the Campus offers online lectures, interactive training materials, videos and expert advice on a wide range of topics. For every online lecture or interactive course completed, researchers are awarded an Elsevier certificate.

The College of Skills Training – the biggest and most widely used of the colleges – covers the whole academic publishing process. This college provides in-depth information and training on how to write, structure and submit a great article and improve your chances of getting published. Key subjects such as ethics, author rights and open access options are included. Advice on successful grant writing can be looked up in the research funding section. The peer-review process, essential to improve the quality of articles, is also explained in detail – training not only includes how authors can work with reviewers’ comments, but courses on how to become good peer reviewers themselves.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.09.31 AMEspecially interesting for the Research4Life partnership might be the Getting noticed resources as to have their article stand out is the goal of every author. Several courses, guides and videos describe how you can increase awareness of your article or book.

Researchers can also visit the College of Research Solutions for a list of tools available to support their research, or the College of Networking for starting points on how to build their networks and take the next step in a successful publishing career, with advice on online and face-to-face networking, and tips on how to get noticed.

All the resources you need to support you through the publishing process are available on the Elsevier Publishing Campus after signing up for free on the website.

Research4Life also offers general training material about the Partnership, Reference Management Tools, Authorship Skills and Program Specific Training on HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

About the author

Maike Kunz

Maike Kunz is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology at Mannheim University and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Sociology at Heidelberg University in Germany.

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African researchers learn how to get their message to a global audience

21st January 2016

TReND organized a course on Science Communication and Writing for young African researchers.

“All forms of science require expertise in scientific communication, with publishing of manuscripts being just one communication aspect.” says Dr Andrew Beale, the Malawi and Mozambique Contact for TReND in Africa. Andrew volunteers for TReND since he and his wife moved from the UK to Mozambique in 2013. He noticed African early career researchers have difficulties in communicating their scientific research. Therefore, as part of TReND’s educational program, he organized a course on Science Communication and Writing at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

5TReND in Africa” (Teaching and Research in Neuroscience for Development) is a higher education charity dedicated to improving university level science education and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission statement is: STOP the Brain-drain! TReND is run by a small group of young research scientists worldwide and seeks to foster scientific excellence and collaboration in the region through organizing courses for young African scientists, mostly on the topic of neuroscience, but also in other academic fields. Moreover, TReND promotes and coordinates the collection of monetary and equipment donations towards the establishment of permanent research facilities at Africa’s top universities.

1Sixteen young scientists from six African countries including Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe participated in the Science Communication and Writing course organized by TReND. For most of the foreign participants it was their first time visiting Malawi. Especially the researchers from Nigeria travelled a very long way, more than 6000km(!). All course participants were warmly welcomed by Chancellor College and the college showed them the college itself, the country and bits of Malawian culture.

The early career scientists travelled this long way to learn about scientific communication in the broadest sense of the word. The aim of the course was to enable the scientists to reach out to the broadest audience with their research, not only by strong journal publications but through skills to communicate with the public, the press and policyholders as well.


Working together on a feature article

With this broad scope intended by the course, fitting all the training material into the available time was a major challenge. Dr Andrew Beale didn’t want to let the young scientists go home without covering the intended content, so he looked for creative solutions. Andrew: “The ‘three minute thesis’ presentations were held and filmed and the videos were given to each of the participants. Unfortunately, due to a lack of time, we couldn’t give detailed feedback anymore. However, this deficiency can be addressed since I have the videos of the talks and gave feedback via e-mail to each participant directly”.

The course consisted of two parts. The first part focused on the scientific manuscript and publication process, while the second part, let by the Training Centre in Communication, considered the broader aspects of scientific communication using interactive training methods. During this week the young scientists participated in lots of activities ranging from writing abstracts for academic papers to discussing Research4Life materials. From designing posters to learning how to use AuthorAID, and from policy panel role play to posting articles with a catching narrative on the course blog.

3One of the Kenyan participants attended a conference the next week, where she was awarded with the 3rd place in poster presentations. This poster was partly made during the course and she stated: “The skills I learnt during the exercises on posters and feature articles equipped me to design this successful poster.” Another, Nigerian, participant stated: “I have two international conferences coming up and I am really looking forward to use what I learned in this course on these conferences.”

The course also helped the young scientists to build international relationships, what even resulted in planning a collaborative article. All participants were at a similar stage in their research careers and had similar interests. The interactive exercises and the space for conversations during breaks forged very strong relationships. On the penultimate evening the participants held a meeting where they planned on surveying colleagues in their home countries on the challenges faced by African researchers in the area of science communication.

The Science Communication and Writing course was held from the 7th to the 12th of September, 2015 and was funded by the Elsevier Foundation with contributions from Sunbird Malawi, and crowdfunding via Indiegogo and Mendeley.

For more information about Research4Life trainings and workshops visit our Training Portal.


About the author

Josina Leguit

4Josina Leguit is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and is currently finishing her master’s degree in International Development Studies at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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