Guidelines for member submissions to AuthorAID
Thank you for contributing a blog post! Before you start writing, we recommend that you read the following guidelines.
Who we are
AuthorAID is a global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries. AuthorAID supports over 25,000 researchers in low and middle-income countries to publish and communicate their work.
We promote equity by actively addressing the needs of both men and women across all our work and addressing issues of power within the research and knowledge system.
We welcome contributions from all members who would like to share practical tips, resources and experiences which are useful for other researchers.
Before writing, we would recommend that you check the topic hasn't been covered already on the AuthorAID website. If it has, consider how your contribution would introduce a new or novel angle, or an updated perspective. If you would like to discuss contribution ideas first with the AuthorAID editorial team, please email us at email@example.com
Approx 500-700 words* of body text, ideally written using plain language (some written pieces may require technical language where appropriate)
Please bear in mind that many readers of the AuthorAID blog are non-native users of English. The content and language level of blog posts should be geared accordingly.
Topics and relevance
We welcome writing on topics related to improving the skills and confidence of researchers - e.g. article and grant writing, data and stats, publishing in journals, speaking and presentations, digital research tools, career tips, or inspirational stories.
You are welcome to talk about your own research and experience, but please bear in mind that the AuthorAID community is very diverse and multidisciplinary, so we only tend to publish such pieces if they contain insights, tips or inspiration that is applicable to a broad range of researchers.
Click the following links to see examples of previous AuthorAID blog posts:
- 7 tips for writing an introduction to a paper
- My PhD Journey: Lessons Learnt So Far
- Fostering an inclusive and equitable global research community in cross cultural social science
- Sharing your research with communities? Be ready to lose control
- How to choose the right statistical tests
- Tips on communicating research to policymakers and the public
- How to establish productive research collaborations
- Ways to improve your academic writing and editing (part 1)
- Peer review: What to remember when reading reviewers’ critiques
- How to avoid being accused of plagiarism
- Early Career Researchers: Tips to avoid authorship disputes
*please note that we occasionally publish longer posts, for example
- Fostering an inclusive and equitable global research community in cross-cultural social science,
- A beginner’s guide to avoiding ‘predatory’ journals (using your critical thinking skills)
- Keeping in mind the real use of our research
Preparing and Submitting a Guest Post:
For readability online, paragraphs should be relatively short and with subheadings wherever appropriate. If you include a list, consider putting it in bulleted format. Title should be clear and not too long e.g. "10 tips for writing your research paper" or "Picking an appropriate journal for your research".
- To begin drafting your article, go to the News page and click on 'My articles', then click 'Add Article'. You can also click here to get started. You can save your draft until later.
- When you are happy with your work, you can then submit for review.
- All submissions are subject to review by the AuthorAID review team for relevance and appropriateness.
- We will inform you via email if your article has been accepted or requires revisions.
- If your article requires revisions, please check the 'Feedback Log' to read comments from the reviewers.
- Where appropriate you can make edits to your article and resubmit.
- We will inform you once your article is ready to be published.
Within the article text, please include the following details:
- your name as you would like it to appear
- your job title and affiliation
- a brief bio of 2-3 lines with a description (1-2 lines) on what the post is about.
- Once your article has been accepted, we may ask for your photo (headshot) via email as a gif, png or jpeg format.
- If you would like to also include any other relevant images that add meaning to the blog post, we may also be able to incorporate them.
AuthorAID reserves the right to decline to publish a submitted blog for any reason, including duplication of recent topics, the need for significant rewrites, pieces that are self-promotional, pieces that are discriminatory or offensive, or if the topic doesn’t fit with our needs. Because of the moderation process, blogs will not be published immediately.
Blogs published on AuthorAID website may be republished on other INASP/AuthorAID publications.
Also, blogs posted on AuthorAID website are welcome to be republished on the author’s own blog, or on any partner blog that the author agrees to. Please include the hyperlinked tag that says, “This piece was originally published on AuthorAID platform on mm/dd/yy.
Please ensure that the work is your own intellectual property. We will withdraw any material that is found to infringe copyright or plagiarises the work of others.
Blogs contributions are undertaken on a voluntary basis. AuthorAID is unable to pay for contributed blogs.