Research in Developing Countries

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Walter Bgoya on Tanzania’s reading culture and a new consortium of academic publishers “There are now 20 universities in Tanzania and many more are coming. Every university wants to do two, three journals. The resources don’t really permit. I think it would be much better if several universities came together and produced one journal at a time together.” says Walter Bgoya, managing director of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers,… [Read more]

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As an editor, finding hidden gems requires dedication and collaboration, no matter where you are Like many people, I had never heard of tanzanite until I saw it at a museum. Tanzanite, or blue zoisite, is a gemstone found exclusively in Northern Tanzania; it’s rare and was discovered only about 50 years ago. The processed gem is prized for its intense blue-purple color, which is not as remarkable… [Read more]

Scientific publishing in Tanzania: a ‘safi sana’ journey
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Tanzanian scientists are passionate about research despite lack of funding and encounters with predatory journals Scientists “John” and “Michael” are working hard to become internationally recognized scholars, but they are struggling to compete with worldwide experts in their field. The researcher’s life is not easy for them. Like when it comes to publishing in peer-reviewed journals: which are most suitable and widely read? What are the ethical standards… [Read more]

Librarians without Borders
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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (March 24, 2015) In March, a one day HINARI workshop was conducted at Johns Hopkins University, a U.S. based University, that like Tulane University has significant history as public health institutions with numerous global health projects. These institutions are similar in breath to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Antwerp School of Tropical Medicine. The second workshop was hosted by… [Read more]

Geraldine Lovell on Changuu Island
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Volunteers travel to Tanzania to give workshops for our Publishers Without Boarders project   An old Ethiopian proverb is inscribed on the wall outside the Addis restaurant in Dar es Salaam: “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” This saying came to mind on my last day in Tanzania as I sat in the sun on my hotel terrace reflecting on the four weeks I… [Read more]

Librarians without Borders
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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (February 6, 2015) In February a one day HINARI workshops was conducted at Tulane University, a U.S. based University that has significant history as public health institution with numerous global health projects. This institutions is similar in breath to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Antwerp School of Tropical Medicine The workshop, titled HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources,… [Read more]

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Nasra Gathoni wasn’t sure she would make a career in Library Sciences when she began her undergraduate studies 15 years ago. With few electronic information resources available in Kenya at that time, she worried that “traditional librarianship would be boring.” An internship as a hospital librarian with access to online health and biomedical journals through Research4Life transformed her view of the profession. “Doctors would ask me to search… [Read more]

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When I volunteered to spend November in Tanzania working with the Elsevier Foundation’s Publishers Without Borders program, it felt like a big deal to me. It wasn’t just that I had to make sacrifices of my own, but I had to ask my family and Elsevier colleagues to make sacrifices as well. My family had to do without me for all of November (including Thanksgiving), and the people I… [Read more]

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“As I type this, I am listening to Christmas music with my feet up, the air conditioning cranked, looking out at construction workers carrying buckets of cement on their heads with the sun-drenched Indian Ocean in the distance. It all feels very incongruous to the Novembers I’ve always known. I keep forgetting that Thanksgiving is coming up, and seeing pictures of people’s snowy yards on Facebook makes me… [Read more]

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A new World Bank Report, compiled by the World Bank and Elsevier and released last month, shows how regions such as West and Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa have increased their progress in research quality and output.  However, even though the Report presents important improvements in the growth of African research, much more can and need to be done, specially through government funding and partnerships. In the words of… [Read more]