Forum guidelines - please read before posting!

Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Andy Nobes on Jan. 17, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

AuthorAID forum guidelines

The AuthorAID discussion and collaboration forums are intended as a friendly online global community of researchers, where anybody can discuss research communication, funding and collaboration. It was designed with developing country researchers in mind, but we strongly encourage conversation and collaboration across geographic and economic borders.

Your account

All posts on are publicly viewable, but only AuthorAID members can create or respond to posts (or vote in polls). A single-sign on is used so you can log into the forums using your AuthorAID account details – this sometimes means you will be redirected to the main AuthorAID log in page.

Your profile

Your forum profile uses your AuthorAID account name and photo for forum posts. You can also add a custom signature which appears at the bottom of every post. We would suggest you use this space to include more information on your research topic, institution and country (and maybe a link to another profile page).

Email subscription and notifications

If you would like email notifications of new forum replies, please ensure that you tick the two relevant boxes in your profile page:

  • Automatically subscribe to topics you create.
  • Receive an email notification on new replies on subscribed topics.

Email notifications can be switched on or turned off for individual posts (choose 'unsubscribe' at the top of the post on the website). You can view all your forum subscriptions in your ‘subscriptions’ page.

AuthorAID Discussion topics

We encourage discussion on all topics related to research communication: from the writing and publication of research, to communicating to practitioners, policy makers and the public, to the impact of research on development.

We would also encourage discussion around other factors that are related to research, such as methodology, access to resources, funding, and career opportunities (including opportunities for women researchers). We reserve the right to not approve posts that fall outside the scope of this discussion.

AuthorAID collaboration topics

Collaboration discussion should generally be about working together on research projects (from design, to data collection and analysis to writing and publishing), or applying for funding proposals, sharing research ideas or equipment.

We generally discourage the following types of post:

  • Advertisements for commercial products or services
  • Journal calls for papers or reviewers, unless they are a). of obvious interest to AuthorAID members AND are from reputable journal publishers
  • Unsolicited notices of events or publications unless they are relevant to AuthorAID members.
  • Posts that contain, or link to pirated material
  • Posts that contain, or link to copyrighted material that is not licensed to publicly share
  • Requests to complete surveys (unless you have permission from the AuthorAID team)
  • Job postings that are not relevant to AuthorAID members

AuthorAID reserves the right to remove any posts that we consider to be in breach of the above.

General guidelines

Do not post offensive material

This is a forum for academics, researchers and professionals. Therefore, any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user pictures. Any offensive material will be removed by moderators, and we reserve the right to suspend or delete user accounts if necessary.

Be respectful of your peers

Remain respectful of other members at all times. All posts should be professional and courteous. You are of course free to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective. However, you are not free to attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle other community members.

Please do not 'spam' the forums

Please refrain from repeating similar or identical posts on the same forum, or across different subforums. If you wish to update a topic or add information to a topic, please 'reply' to the original topic rather than creating a new topic. AuthorAID reserves the right to remove duplicate posts.

Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

 Last edited by: Andy Nobes on March 18, 2019, 12:47 p.m., edited 6 times in total.

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Kolapo Fasina on Feb. 24, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

very good tips here

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Folasade Oderinde on March 8, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

Hello. I'm delighted to be on this forum.

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Andy Nobes on March 8, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Hi, and welcome to the forum.smiley

Please feel free to post a 'new topic' and ask about anything!


Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Muse Jama Essa on March 14, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Hi. everyone.

Thanks, this forum guidelines, I read it and I post my Questions.



Muse Jama Essa

MA.Development Studies


Mobile: +252634418428

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Rubana Islam on June 6, 2018, 4:47 a.m.

Hi Andy, 

How do I subscribe to a forum so that I get emails when anyone posts in that forum (not only replies to my posts)? 




Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Andy Nobes on June 6, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Hi Rubana,

Our software doesn't include this, but we are currently working on adding this subscription option - we will let you know when it's all working.

Thanks for your patience.


Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Muhammad Arif on Oct. 30, 2018, 2 p.m.

Hello! Respected Sir Andy Nobes! Unfortunatley I was unable to submit the two peer reviewed assignments of core curriculum while I completed all the quizzes,core and optional course work and  both optional peer reviewed assignments .I want to know that am I eleigible for the Certificate Sir...Research Writing in Sciences...Course completed :94%

 Last edited by: Muhammad Arif on March 18, 2019, 12:48 p.m., edited 1 time in total.

Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Paul Otieno Onyalo on March 14, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

Greetings to you all.

I trust you are well. Kindly someone to help how i can go about developing a research question. I find it very hard to come up with my rsearch questions especially after developing my research topic. I would be glad.



Re: Forum guidelines - please read before posting!  

  By: Andy Nobes on March 14, 2019, 7:49 a.m.

Hi Paul,

Please create a new topic to ask this question, rather in response to this thread:



Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator