The mission — to reduce poverty and improve population health, and to build science and research capacity in developing countries where the problems reside — is likely to engage established scientists who want to help but lack simple means. - Phyllis Freeman and Anthony Robbins
Scientists from developing countries are currently underrepresented as authors in published scientific literature. AuthorAID aims to change that by helping researchers in developing countries write and publish their work. One way it does so is by helping early-career researchers find mentors who can help them with their writing and research and providing them with a user-friendly online space in which they can collaborate, completely free of charge.
As Freeman and Robbins (2005) state in Closing the 'Publishing Gap' between rich and poor, "Authors needing help are not in short supply, nor are potential voluntary mentors. Experienced, often-published scientists at or near retirement appear especially eager to help." AuthorAID's dynamic online community of senior researchers could help thousands of authors around the world who do not have enough analytic and editorial support. To date, nearly 3700 researchers and others, from more than 150 countries, have registered with AuthorAID. Nearly 600 have registered as mentors.
- Search by country, field of research, or keyword to find a researcher
- Sign up to be matched with a mentor or a mentee
- Browse their research communication resource library
- Training events, support to find funding, and more