Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
Component 4 Strengthening publishing
To enable effective publication of nationally produced
Aims and objectives
- To ensure the provision of training and skill sharing
to enhance editing, publishing, production and distribution skills;
- To ensure the improvement in quality of national
Programme elements and activities
INASP works with publishers and editors to improve skills
and quality of publications, to make them more attractive to authors, and to assist
them in becoming more sustainable.
- Training workshops: INASP provide support for
in-country and international workshops in publishing and editing skills. For
details of workshops already undertaken, please see the Publishing support web page. INASP have provided
training materials, and these will shortly be available on the training area of
- Advice: INASP provide advice regarding
publishing issues, including indexing and citation. In addition to direct
provision of advice, INASP also support networking and partnerships (see
below). For example, during 2003 INASP provided advice on setting up XML files
to enable a journal that had been accepted by Medline to supply their content
in a form that Medline would be able to load onto their database.
- Online publishing support: In 2001 a 3-year
pilot project to assist African journals to publish the full text of their
journals on the Web was started. Ten journals were invited to a workshop which
covered the basics of e-journal publishing and provided information to enable
them to decide their best option in moving towards full text electronic
publication. The journals are now being assisted in following through their
preferred method of going online. The project has been extended a further year to
evaluate the success of this type of support.
- Publications and other resources: INASP provide
publications and other resources for publishers and editors – see the Publications page.
- Partnerships: working with the Association of
Learned, Professional and Society publishers (ALPSP),
INASP are supporting partnerships to assist
communication between publishers and journals.
- Study visits: INASP support study visits to
enable publishers and editors to discuss publishing issues, and undertake
training to enhance their knowledge and their own publications. In the past two
years INASP have supported study visits from the Journal
of Social Development in Africa, the African
Crop Science Journal (Uganda), The journal AJFAND
(Kenya) and the Addis Ababa University Press (Ethiopia).
- Journal evaluation methodology. INASP are
working with Index Copernicus
to draw up a methodology for evaluating journals, based on quality of
presentation and content. This is planned to be launched on the Index
Copernicus website in 2004.
- Regional activities. INASP are working with
regional organisations to provide support, for example, with CLACSO,
international, not-governmental network which promotes the investigation,
discussion and dissemination of information in the social sciences. Working
with CLACSO, INASP are providing support for some of their members to attend
important Latin American conferences, and to digitise some of their holdings.
Journal editors and publishers are invited to submit short
proposals of their training needs for any of the above activities to INASP.
Other related INASP activities
Support for publishers is also provided through PERI Component 2 activities, which provides a
methodology for enabling online visibility of publications.
Further information available
from Pippa Smart at [email protected]