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Getting in the Access Loop: a Series of Reflections

Last month, the Humanitarian Centre  successfully organized this webinar called “Getting in the Access Loop” – which explores how health research from Africa can have greater representation in journals, and therefore greater influence and impact – with the support from PLoS and HIFA2015.

Anne Radl, the Projects Manager of the Humanitarian Centre, wrote the first of a series of reflections: Getting in the Access Loop: Time for Research and Action. She points out that one of the key barriers to publishing health research in Africa is time. Besides, the issue of institutional capacity and culture has been standing on the way for many researchers and practioners to access journals and write up for publication.

The second post in the series is from Janice S. Pedersen, a researcher at RAND Europe: Getting in the Access Loop: Mentorship for Publishing African Health Research.  She discusses how mentoring capacity for publication might be improved. “I am new to mentoring, but have already found it to be very rewarding. I wouldn’t have even thought of it if I hadn’t been approached.”

In the third one: Getting in the Access Loop: The Local Journal, The African Researcher and The Article-Level Metric, Allan Mwesiga from the Pan African Medical Journal discusses the role of the local journal in the internet age. As technology and the internet continue to level the playing field internationally,  local journals have to improve their standards in the meantime.

You can keep the conversation going by commenting on the PLoS Blogs, joining the HIFA2015 forum, or get involved in our Cambridge Global Health LinkedIn Group.

(Via PLoS Blogs)

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