Join us for ASIRA’s online course First Webinar!

Published: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Category: News

A.S.I.R.A. (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) Online Course for Low-Income Countries starts on 13 February (Monday), 2017. Throughout the course, several webinar sessions will be held based on the subjects taught in the units. These webinars are specially designed for the course participants but also open to anyone who is interested in the subject. The first webinar will be held on 15 February (Wednesday), 2017. Register by February 13th, 2017


ASIRA Online Course is offered by FAO of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

Our speakers from diverse background come together to complete the flavour of the course, sharing their experience and expertise in their fields.

Here is the information about the FIRST WEBINAR of the course:


Presenter: Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research

Date & Time: February 15th, 15:00 CET

Register by February 13th:

(No need for ASIRA Online Course participants to register)

This webinar will cover three emerging themes in life science publishing, which will begin to influence the way in which the agricultural researchers share and access knowledge:

Faster dissemination: Publishing scientific articles is often a lengthy process, taking several months or even years from first submission. This prevents the research community and others from being able to act on new knowledge quickly, which is especially serious in emergency situations such as emerging infectious diseases. This webinar will cover two ways of tackling publication delays: preprint servers and post-publication peer review platforms.

Increased access & transparency: Open Access has helped remove access barriers to a vast body of scientific knowledge. Other important research outputs that have historically been difficult to access are starting to be published more frequently such as replications, data, code and referee reports.

Assessment of research: Researches are assessed by their publication record. Journal title and Impact Factor tend to be the default assessment criteria, though there is growing awareness of the disadvantages of these approaches, and alternative measures of quality and impact are gaining ground.

About Thomas Ingraham

Tom is the Publishing Editor at F1000Research and has been involved with the publisher’s open science and editorial development since its inception in 2012. He manages several channels published on F1000Research, including those focussing on agriculture, and is the lead on several of the publisher’s open data-orientated projects.