article thumbnail imageWhat is an online journal club?

A journal club is a group of individuals in a particular field or shared interest group, who come together to discuss research papers in peer-reviewed journals, so they can build their skills together in reading, critical appraisal and subject knowledge, whilst also highlighting new findings, sharing resources, and providing peer support to each other.

Online journal clubs have the added advantage of being able to connect individuals from all over the world.

The AuthorAID online journal clubs are open to everyone, whether you are an experienced academic/scientist, or an early-career researcher, or anybody interested in the topic of the club!  We’ve had some really interesting discussions so far, discussing papers in a variety of thematic areas and learning together about skills in statistics, writing keywords and titles, critically analysing a paper, plagiarism, and reference management software, amongst other topics! The groups have also arranged regular live presentations and discussions using the Zoom platform, which are recorded for those who cannot make the sessions.

Participants with applicable expertise can also volunteer to co-facilitate or be resource persons at live sessions. 

The following five journal clubs cover science and social science:

  • Environmental Biology, Chemistry & Toxicology (Hosted on WhatsApp)
    So far the group has discussed papers on: method validation and evaluation of household processing on reduction of pesticide residues in tomato; the response of Grain Legumes to Phosphorus Application; and responses of embryo-larval zebrafish exposed to types I and II pyrethroids.
    To join, please click on this link (requires WhatsApp mobile or desktop app). If you have problems joining, please email us
     
  • Biomedicine & Healthcare (Hosted on WhatsApp and Facebook)
    So far the group has discussed papers on: The implementation of robotic rectal surgery training programme; A phase I Randomized Clinical Trial of HIV Immunodeficiency; and a study on a multimedia consent tool for research participants.
    There are over 200 members – but places are still available. To join, please request to join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/299455587433316/  or click on this link (requires WhatsApp mobile or desktop app).
     
  • Social Science in Health and Development (Hosted on WhatsApp and LinkedIn)
    So far the group has discussed papers on: physical activity and social distress; writing a literature review; and logistic modelling for contraceptive use.
    There are over 190 members – but places are still available. To join, please click on this link (requires WhatsApp mobile or desktop app). If you have problems joining, please email us.
     
  • Education and Research Communication (Hosted on Slack and AuthorAID forums)
    This group is for those interested in education, pedagogy and teaching, as well as communicating your research – so it is relevant to most researchers who teach students and want to promote their research. So far, the group has discussed papers on the key features of effective active learning, and student-centered curricula.
    To join, please join the slack channel here
     
  • Library Information Sciences & Bibliometrics Journal Club (Hosted on WhatsApp and AuthorAID forums). This group is for those interested in Library Information Sciences (LIS), bibliometrics, scientometrics, scholarly publishing and knowledge production
    To join, please click on this link (requires WhatsApp mobile or desktop app). If you have problems joining, please email us

The groups will be led by AuthorAID associates and mentors. You can join as many groups as you like (but be prepared for lots of reading and learning!)

What if these do not cover my subject discipline?

Unfortunately, we couldn’t create a group to cover every area of interest. However, please consider picking at least one group to join, because:

  • The journal clubs are not just about specific subject disciplines, but we also learn how to read and analyse papers and adapt this our own writing skills.
  • Learning about and interacting with researchers in different disciplines can spark ideas about interdisciplinary research projects, and potential future collaborations.
  • You could also use this opportunity to learn how a journal club works and then start your own!

For more information, see our news posts:

https://www.authoraid.info/en/news/details/1352/