Andy Nobes's posts

180 posts found

Half of papers searched for online are free to read

  By: Andy Nobes on Nov. 9, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Hi everybody,

Who has tried out the UnPaywall browser plugin to try finding free copies of hard-to-reach papers? According to a study, half of all papers that are searched for online have free versions that are available to download, and UnPaywall...

Six strategies to ensure policies are backed by evidence

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 30, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

(From blog post here - which links to the full study

"The six strategies are:

  1. A system for commissioning rapid reviews responsive to policy maker needs: A mechanism to as...

Re: I would like to be mentored to be an effective researcher

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 30, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Hi Beatrice,

Thanks for posting - what kind of skills are you seeking support with?

Best wishes


Re: Information Regarding CBEES Conferences

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 6, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Dear Kandi,

Thank you - this is excellent investigative work and confirms our suspicions!  The critical part is the observation about lack of opportunity to expand contacts and discover new expertise in your field - which you would expect at ...

Re: Information Regarding CBEES Conferences

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 6, 2018, 8:07 a.m.

Dear Kandi,

Thanks for this question. Despite the attractive website, I would not sign up for this conference.

There are tens of thousands of fake or low quality conferences advertised on the internet, or via email and so researchers need to be ve...

Re: paraphrasing

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 2, 2018, 4:14 p.m.

Dear John,

I would recommend this guide by Michel Roig, "Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing:

In pa...

Apologies for spam messages - moderation now enabled

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 2, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Hi everyone,

Apologies for the inappropriate messages that have been sent through this forum.

All messages will now be checked by AuthorAID staff and approved before being posted and emailed.

Please let me know if you have any problems.

Best wishe...

Re: Reputableness of a journal

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 29, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Dear Melkamu,

That's a good question. Personally, I think this journal is fine to publish in.

Some people have argued that the publishers, 'Academic Journals' are not reputable - this is because they wer...

Apologies for spam messages

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 29, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Hi everyone,

Apologies once again for the inappropriate messages. We will be enabling a moderation system very soon which should prevent this from happening again.


Re: Scholar Ship or Training's for Managers of Online Journals

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 27, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Hi Rehan,

I'm not aware of any scholarships, but you might find this resource useful if you are an editor of a journal:

Handbook for Journal Editors
The purpose of this handbook is to pose the questions that will help journals to judge their lev...

Research and travel funding for African academics

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 27, 2018, 9:13 a.m.

Hi everyone,

Rachel Strohm of the Mawanzo Institute has a regularly updated list of travel and research grants for African researchers. Visit the list here:

Your biggest challenge in research?

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 27, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Hi to all the people who have just subscribed to this forum!

Why not share your biggest current challenge in research/publishing, so we can auggest resources, advice, opportunties etc.enlightened



Free webinar: How to design policy relevant research agendas

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 26, 2018, 12:19 p.m.

"Doing high quality and policy relevant research is at the core of the raison d’être of think tanks and policy research organisations and, when this fails, so does the think tank. But what exactly does policy relevant research mean? Ho...

Predatory journals - Double-check impact factor claims!

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 25, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Hi all,

We just had a webinar on ethics in research publication. One of the issues that was mentioned was identifying predatory journals that advertise an 'Impact Factor', and how you can check this. We recently published a blog post about this re...

Free webinar on ethics in research publication - Sept 25th

  By: Andy Nobes on Sept. 22, 2018, 11:48 a.m.

Free webinar on ethics in research publication - Sept 25th

Are you writing your research but with doubts about authorship? Are you confused about the different types of plagiarism? Are you worried about predatory journals and how to avoid them? Y...