AuthorAID ‘Research Writing in the Social Sciences’ – Opportunities for Geographers

Elena dell’Agnese condivide un messaggio, ricevuto da Mike Meadows (IGU), dal titolo

AuthorAID ‘Research Writing in the Social Sciences’ – Opportunities for Geographers

originariamente inviato da Phil Emmerson e Catherine Souch, della Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Si riporta integralmente il messaggio qui di seguito, come pervenuto:

Dear Colleagues

We want to draw your attention to the AuthorAID ‘Research Writing in the Social Sciences’, which officially starts on 6th April 2020. AuthorAID offers free online resources, mentoring and collaboration for researchers in low and middle income countries.
As a geographer, you are also able to take advantage of additional elements of the course, arranged through the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG’s) co-sponsorship, including access to additional online areas, learning resources and optional modules within the course which are not available to other participants. Full details are below.
AuthorAID’s research writing online courses have trained over 11,000 participants in low- and middle-income countries since 2015.  This seven-week course focuses on writing for social science disciplines. Those enrolled will learn about:
•            Pathways to access published research literature
•            Key issues in research and publication ethics 
•            Ways to identify suitable target journals for publishing their research
•            Draft a research manuscript following journal guidelines
•            Deal with the peer review process 
 …and more during an additional module focusing on Academic Writing Skills.
You can read more about the online course here –
In order to register for the course and the RGS-IBG-sponsored area, it is important that you please enrol by following these instructions:
Step 1: Create a new account for yourself on INASP Moodle or sign into your existing account from here:  (if you already have an account please go to step 2). When creating a new account, you will be asked to fill out a short form and provide your email address. You’ll then get a confirmation email at your registered email address, and you have to click a link in that email to confirm your account and start using INASP Moodle. If you do not receive the confirmation email after trying to create an account, please check your junk or spam email folder.
Step 2: Once you have signed up for an account, please fill in the survey here to apply to join the additional sponsored area within the course: . If you meet the criteria, you will then be sent a code to sign up to the course. 
Course outline and agenda for Geographers accessing the RGS-IBG-sponsored area The RGS-IBG sponsored version of the course contains additional content and resources which are only available to select participants, including:
 •   Private forum for discussion and collaboration amongst geographic researchers and scholars
•   Video archive library – watch previous course facilitators give their tips and answers to frequently asked questions
•   Collaborative resource bank for sharing useful resources
•   Additional modules and activities for additional credit on your completion certificate
•   Access to the course content a week early
•   Interactive launch webinar for participants (Recorded)
•  Expert-facilitated, guided writing tasks 
•  And more!
31/3 to 6/4        *Week 0 – Early induction – an optional week to familiarise yourself with the course and the RGS-IBG private area (+launch webinar)
7/4 to 13/4        Week 1 Embarking on a research project
14/4 to 20/4      Week 2 Research and publication ethics 
21/4 to 27/4      Week 3 Evidence base for a paper
28/4 to 4/5        Week 4 Preparing to write a research paper
5/5 to 11/5        Week 5 Writing a research paper
12/5 to 18/5      Week 6 Publishing a paper in a journal
19/5 to 25/5      Week 7 Wrap up week for main course / Academic writing skills part 1 (Building your argument, paraphrasing and plagiarism)
26/5 to 1/6        *Week 8 Academic writing skills part 2 (Writing in plain English, general writing tips)
2/6 to 8/6          *Week 9 Search strategies
9/6 to 15/6        *Week 10 Research uptake/influencing policymakers
16/6 to 22/6      *Week 11 Final wrap up
Please note that all weeks marked* are for Geographers taking part in the RGS-IBG-sponsored version of the course only.
Please note that the additional modules and exercises are provided as optional. If you complete these exercises and modules you will receive extra credit on your certificate and digital badge. More information on the completion criteria for these additional activities will be provided once the course begins. If you choose not to participate in these activities, you can still qualify for the main course certificate by completing the main course activities as laid out in the course completion criteria.             
Best wishes
Dr Phil Emmerson and Dr Catherine Souch
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)