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Training
in Scientific Publishing

MOOC and Certificates

A project structured around a journal requires the establishment of a community of practices and expertise on the themes promoted by the journal. This allows for the creation of a virtuous circle: training - knowledge production - knowledge publication - increase in the researcher's audience - strengthening of their training capacities.

Presentation

The Offer

The primary target audience for the scientific writing courses are junior students and researchers. This choice was motivated by a significant observation: the decline in the quality of scientific writing and the shortcomings in addressing methodological and fieldwork aspects in social sciences education on the continent. However, the act of writing is a fundamental element in the expression of scientific thought. It reflects the understanding of certain phenomena, concepts, or notions and demonstrates the ability to address them.

That's why the following MOOCs have been targeted:

  • Scientific Writing Course

  • Epistemology Course

  • Method and Fieldwork Investigation Course

  • Theories in Social Sciences Course

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.

The second part of the training focuses on publishing and mainly concerns professionals in scientific publishing. The crisis in higher education in Africa has left universities without the means for substantial research and also without viable publishing methods or the ability to produce, promote, and disseminate the results of researchers at the continental and international levels.

To support this necessary revitalization of African scientific publishing, Global Africa aims to offer a Professional Master's program in Publishing Studies and Editing, providing training in:

  • Scientific Publishing Professions,

  • Digital Publishing and Open Access

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Ethics in Production

  • Editing, Production, Referencing, and Graphic Design.

Information

Challenges

 

In an increasingly interconnected world, online courses are emerging as a valuable means of making knowledge accessible to all. Organizing such courses in Africa holds particular importance, given the specific challenges the continent faces in terms of educational resources and academic development. These online courses have the potential to strengthen local expertise in the specific fields of scientific publishing and social sciences. By addressing Africa's specific needs, they contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel capable of playing an active role in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as in the generation of knowledge in the social sciences on the African continent.

An essential aspect of these courses is the promotion of African research. By encouraging African researchers to publish their work in internationally renowned scientific journals, these initiatives contribute to increasing the visibility and recognition of African research on the global stage. However, it is important to note that access to international publishing platforms and research resources remains a matter to be considered, given the disparities in access to infrastructure and funding.

The dimension of international collaboration is also crucial. Online courses facilitate exchanges and partnerships between African researchers and those from other regions of the world. This fosters knowledge exchange, intellectual debates, and joint research projects, while paving the way for broader transnational academic cooperation. However, it is important to emphasize that these collaborations must be based on principles of equity, fair resource sharing, and respect for local knowledge and contexts.

Online courses contribute to highlighting the diversity of knowledge in Africa. By recognizing and preserving traditional knowledge and perspectives specific to the continent, they enrich the landscape of scientific research and social sciences. However, it is crucial to ensure that cultural biases are avoided, and to promote a respectful and balanced approach that values African knowledge without essentializing or reducing it to stereotypes.

The organization of online courses dedicated to scientific publishing and social sciences in Africa presents considerable advantages and complex challenges. This initiative can contribute to access to knowledge, the strengthening of local expertise, the promotion of African research, international collaboration, and the appreciation of diversified knowledge. However, they require a nuanced approach that takes into account the specific challenges facing the continent and promotes equitable and respectful participation.

Goals

Trainings in Social Sciences

Global Africa's online courses dedicated to theories and methods in social sciences offer a valuable opportunity for African students, researchers, and professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of social sciences. By organizing these courses in Africa, we aim to bridge the existing gap in access to education and training in these crucial disciplines.

One of the main advantages of these online courses is to provide equitable access to the latest theories and methods in social sciences. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects, such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, politics, and many more. They will become familiar with key theories, epistemological and methodological approaches, and fundamental concepts that underlie these disciplines, from a perspective rooted in the continent.

Furthermore, these online courses promote the development of analytical and critical skills. Participants will learn to critically evaluate different theories and methods, apply conceptual frameworks in their research, and analyze the social, cultural, and political issues underlying the studied topics. This will enable them to produce high-quality research and make significant contributions to their areas of expertise.

By organizing these courses in Africa, we also highlight local perspectives and knowledge. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the specificities of African contexts and integrate approaches and knowledge specific to their own social, cultural, and political realities. This contributes to a more balanced and inclusive representation of knowledge in social sciences.

These online courses also facilitate the creation of networks and collaborations within the African community of social sciences. Participants will be able to interact with researchers and experts from the continent, exchange ideas, share experiences, and establish research partnerships. This strengthens cohesion and collaboration within the community, and stimulates the production of knowledge relevant to Africa.

Global Africa's online courses offer opportunities for skills development, access to cutting-edge knowledge, valorization of local perspectives, and strengthening of professional networks. These initiatives contribute to the flourishing of social sciences in Africa, by training a new generation of competent and engaged researchers and professionals in the study of societal, cultural, and political issues on the African continent.

Training in Scientific Publishing

Online courses in scientific publishing allow you to acquire valuable technical skills to excel in this specific field. Through these courses, you will master the essential tools and software for scientific editing. You will learn to write and format scientific documents, use bibliographic reference management software, collaborate effectively online, and use scientific publishing systems. This technical proficiency will enable you to work more efficiently and professionally in the scientific editing process.

Moreover, these online courses will familiarize you with the standards and best practices of scientific publishing. You will learn writing and citation guidelines, as well as privacy and ethics policies related to scientific publication. This in-depth knowledge of standards will ensure the quality and integrity of your publications.

Skills in revision and editing are also developed in these courses. You will learn to identify and correct grammatical, spelling, and syntactical errors, as well as to enhance the clarity, coherence, and structure of scientific articles. These skills will enable you to produce high-quality scientific publications that effectively communicate your ideas and findings.

Online courses in scientific publishing will also teach you the management of the editorial process. You will learn to handle article submissions, coordinate peer reviews, and organize various stages of editing, such as proofreading, layout, and article preparation for publication. This management skill will allow you to smoothly and efficiently handle the editorial workflow.

Finally, these courses will raise awareness of key issues in scientific publishing, such as open access, publication ethics, and plagiarism prevention. You will be informed about the specific challenges faced by researchers and publishers, enabling you to adopt a responsible and ethical approach in your scientific editing work.

In summary, online courses in scientific publishing provide you with essential technical skills, including mastery of tools and software, knowledge of standards and best practices, revision and editing skills, editorial process management, and awareness of issues in scientific publishing. These technical skills will help you excel in your career as a scientific editor by ensuring the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of your publications.

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