Since 2013, over 100 researchers have taken the free online course, developed by Pure Earth in collaboration with AuthorAID, to help researchers and scientists from low and middle-income countries get published. The course is part of Pure Earth’s efforts to expand research and increase data on toxic pollution in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution is the largest killer.
The course, open to citizens of (and with research that relates to) countries in WHO Mortality Strata B-E, helps participants improve their technical writing and editing skills with an eye to getting their views and findings published in major international journals. Over the years, the course has increased from five to ten to 14 weeks to keep up with the need and demand.
Participants go through online lessons, engage in online discussions with classmates, and complete
weekly assignments, including peer reviews of classmates’ work, and receive extensive written feedback on their draft manuscript. Successful participants complete the course with a manuscript nearly ready to submit to an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.
- Focus on research in the developing world –“we are missing the full picture”, The Pollution Blog
- Teaching scientists in developing countries to write, Huffington Post, Dec. 2014
- Three questions and answers from the JH&P/Pure Earth/AuthorAID course on Research Writing in Environmental Health
- Real life thank-you from a JH&P/Pure Earth/AuthorAID course participant