SC2.9 | Breaking Boundaries: Elevating Science communication in the Global South Through High-Impact Journals
Breaking Boundaries: Elevating Science communication in the Global South Through High-Impact Journals
Co-organized by GM13, co-sponsored by YHS
Convener: Abinesh Ganapathy | Co-conveners: Ankit Agarwal, Ugur Ozturk, Efi Rousi, Tejasvi Ashish Chauhan
Tue, 16 Apr, 19:00–20:00 (CEST)
Room N2
Tue, 19:00
Approximately 71% and 15% of the total area on earth is covered by oceans and Asia-Africa, respectively. Surprisingly, the proportion is the same for development-policy-research published in high-impact journals (73% & 16%) by researchers based in the Global North and the Global South, respectively (Liverpool, 2021). This disparity may extend to the Geoscience field as well.
When it comes to publishing in high-impact journals, advantages such as funding, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and better collaborations often favor researchers based in developed countries which also enhances their research visibility. In addition to the lack of these advantages, researchers from developing countries are often unable to effectively communicate complex & technical ideas – an essential prerequisite for publishing in high-impact journals.
We have tailored a short course for early career researchers ECRs primarily from the global south, addressing these challenges. The program aims to enhance their ability to effectively communicate their research findings, expand their outreach, select the most suitable academic journals, and actively participate in the broader academic conversations within their respective disciplines. The knowledge and skills gained from this session can be categorized into three key areas: tools, necessities, and challenges.
• Tools – What are the things to remember while writing high-impact journals from the perspective of an Early Career Scientist?
• Necessities – What is required by an impactful journal from an editor’s perspective?
• Challenges – What are the challenges faced by an Early Career Scientist belonging to the Global South while publishing in high-impact journals? How to deal with them?
This course shall be open to everyone with an interest in increasing the communicability of their scientific writing. ECRs from the Global South are especially encouraged to participate as they will be provided with an opportunity to interact with editors of reputable journals and gain insights on what they expect from a manuscript. For any additional information or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the course convener.

Liverpool L. Researchers from global south under-represented in development research. Nature. 2021 Sep 17. doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02549-9.

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