Authoraid network has been very very (sic) useful but ...

Authoraid network has been very very (sic) useful but ...  

  By: Olufemi Adesope on Oct. 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Authoraid has been very very (sic) useful to me. I have been making reference to it in all my teaching of ICT, research proposal writing course to undergraduate and post graduate students for over 5 years now. I am happy that several of my referals have hooked up to the platform. 

However, sometime ago, a mentee was once attached to me and i was surprised when he sent me his entire data set to carry out analysis for him. I do not think that is what mentorship is about. It also seems that now that more Early Career Researchers are on the platform they carry all their academic burdens, and deposit same on mentors. We cannot encourage that. We need to do a dedicated training on MENTOR-MENTEE RELATIONSHIP or something in that direction. 


Above all i am very happy to be part of this family. Andy Thanks for this new platform dedicated to Mentors

 Last edited by: Olufemi Adesope on March 18, 2019, 12:46 p.m., edited 1 time in total.

Re: Authoraid network has been very very (sic) useful but ...  

  By: Sian Harris on Oct. 25, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

This is an important point about what are reasonable expectations. Hopefully this forum can help us to advise each other about what fits into a mentor-mentee relationship and reassure each other about saying 'no'. The first mentee I said 'no' to wanted help writing a PhD proposal - a reasonable request that I would have been happy to help with ... except that it was due to be submitted the next day! I would have said 'no' to the dataset analysis too.

Re: Authoraid network has been very very (sic) useful but ...  

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 26, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Hi Olufemi,

Thanks for your feedback and comments! It's great to know that you have found AuthorAID helpful.

Thanks also for the useful feedback about mentoring. I think this is also reflected in some of the comments and 'tips for mentees' from our Mentors of the Year (, especially the advice to be clear about expectations and skills wanted/offered. If anybody knows of any existing guidance or resources that we could feature on the website, that would be very useful. Or there is always scope for more guest blog posts on this topic!

I think we do need to provide more useful information to mentors and mentees about what they should aim/expect for in a mentor-mentee relationship. Having said that, I know that we have many different kinds of mentors on AuthorAID, from those who want to help with language editing to long term career mentors. That's why we provide three options when signing up: 'Editing Support', 'Short-term mentoring' and support and 'Long-term mentoring and support'. If you are a mentor I would recommend highlighting the specfic type of support you are offering.

Best wishes


Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

Re: Authoraid network has been very very (sic) useful but ...  

  By: Abiodun Egbetokun on Oct. 26, 2017, 9:47 a.m.

This is a very useful discussion. I also have had an experience where the mentee wanted me to basically write his article for him. Andy's reply is quite informative, but I still think that more resources need to be provided on this, particularly downloadable materials and blog posts.