03 March 2011 at 17:30
The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) and its satellite website, PARINT (Publishing Addiction Research Internationally), have established a mentoring scheme to support addiction scientists working in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries.
Investigators working in institutions that lack a history of writing for peer-reviewed journals often have little guidance when preparing their work for publication. Without a strong record of research achievement, such individuals find it difficult to break into research-orientated universities. This scheme is intended to facilitate the jumping of this hurdle.
The scheme provides one-to-one support for researchers in LAMI countries to facilitate the publication of completed research. There is no charge for this service. The core of the service is a database of established researchers who have offered their services as mentors. Our mentors typically have strong national reputations in their areas of expertise and in many cases are recognized internationally as leaders of the field. They include members of the advisory or editorial boards of scientific journals and many are themselves editors and the recipients of other indicators of esteem from the scientific community.
Our mentees are people in their early careers who have data that they want to publish in a peer-reviewed academic journal but have little or no experience in writing for such publications and do not have a suitable mentor available in their own institution. The current status of mentees may therefore range upwards from recent graduates who have carried out research for a PhD, through postdoctoral fellows and researchers, to junior academics. Mid-career academics aiming to expand the scope of their activities would also be considered.
Potential mentors and mentees can get more information and application forms by visiting http://www.parint.org
and navigating to the mentoring scheme page.