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For farming communities, the risk of loss of crops to pests is an ever-present concern, and the changing climate is expected to transform the abundance and distribution of crop pests and diseases. Understanding the issues and managing the response to crop pests is crucial, but there is a dearth of information about how crops will be affected. Ugandan entomologist Joshua Okonya's research on this subject is of vital importance for development in many African countries and globally, but before joining AuthorAID he found it challenging to get his research published in scientific journals. Here he talks about the realities of publication for emerging researchers in many developing countries.