Experience of a science journal editor mentoring developing country researchers with AuthorAID





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Published on Sep 10, 2014

Matt Hodgkinson, PLOS.

After working for two Open Access journal publishers, PLOS and BioMed Central, and from my experiences with the World Association of Medical Editors and the Committee on Publication Ethics, I know that authors from developing countries can have difficulty in publishing their work – the rejection rate of articles from developing countries can be double or more that of articles from the developed world. Language difficulties and resources both play a role, but there may also be low awareness of how to best design and analyse studies, and how to find and attribute the work of others. I joined AuthorAID in 2010 to advise developing country researchers on getting their work published. I will discuss my experiences in mentoring a number of researchers and contributing to the email discussion list, and how PLOS as an organisation is aiming to help researchers from low income countries.

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