AuthorAID network

Project description

Supporting developing country researchers in publishing their work

AuthorAID is a pioneering global network that is free to access for researchers and provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low- and middle-income countries. AuthorAID was developed and extended through INASP’s Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information and Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems programme. It currently supports a community of over 17,000 researchers in low- and middle-income countries to publish and communicate their work

In many low- and middle-income countries, researchers face the same pressures to publish as their colleagues in developed countries but they often don’t have access to the resources, information, training, and support networks that are common in high-income countries.

The network has been proven to improve the skills of individual researchers to publish their research, build confidence and provide networking opportunities.

The AuthorAID network provides:

  • Personal mentoring by highly published researchers and professional editors
  • Online training in research and grant proposal writing
  • A researcher collaboration forum where researchers can network and collaborate with members across the globe
  • Access to a range of resources on best practice in writing and publication

In addition to the online platform, the AuthorAID project has also supported:

  • Embedding research writing capacity: AuthorAID works directly with universities and institutions to build local research writing capacity – see this page for more information.
  • AuthorAID grant programme: Between 2008 and 2018, AuthorAID offered grants for researchers to travel to a conference, or to organize local research workshops.


In 2017, an independent evaluation of AuthorAID’s mentoring, large-scale online courses and intensive courses revealed that each intervention has a positive impact on researchers’ ability to publish their research and also on their overall confidence and research connections.

Key findings from AuthorAID impact study:

  • Capacity development through all three of the approaches studied is effective, and there is evidence of impact.
  • Over 85% of survey respondents reported a positive effect on their understanding of the publishing process.
  • All capacity development approaches had an impact on publication outputs:
    • 56% reported that AuthorAID helped them to publish
    • 39% published at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal following involvement with AuthorAID
    • 82% reported a positive effect on confidence

The report of the study can be found here.

Blog: AuthorAID launches new research collaboration forum to catalyse international research partnerships

Blog: AuthorAID MOOC participants reflect on important and inspiring takeaways from the course

Blog: Creating a successful MOOC for academics in low-resource settings

Blog: How large-scale research writing courses are making a difference in the Global South

Case study: Ugandan entomologist overcame barriers to publication with help from the AuthorAID network

Case study: Creating a successful MOOC for academics in low-resource settings

Case study: Tackling inequality for Batwa graduates in Rwanda

Case study: My journey from civil war to global health, via AuthorAID

Case study: A researcher's story: Using AuthorAID resources to support my research

Case study: A passion for research communication

Case study: A researcher’s story: Using the AuthorAID community to set up a journal

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