JUMP: Empowering Southern Researchers

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18 Oct 2017

Getting published in a high-ranked journal helps to sharpen individual academic skills and can be very beneficial for a scientific career.

EADI’s new Journal Mentoring Programme (JUMP) in cooperation with the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), seeks to empower young researchers from the global South to publish in the EJDR. During the EADI NORDIC conference in Bergen, Norway, the first ever group of JUMP mentees attended several workshops and met their mentors.

Writing workshop

On Sunday, the 20th August 2017 the JUMP participants gathered in Bergen to attend the EADI NORDIC conference. All selected mentees were invited to attend the triennial EADI conference from the 20th until the 23rd August. EADI and the EJDR were proud to welcome 16 passionate scholars from all corners of the world. During the four conference days JUMP-mentees were invited to three workshops, designed exclusively for the JUMP.

Learning to avoid pitfalls in writing for high-ranked journals appeared to be a central issue for JUMP participants. Starting with a writing workshop, Prof Laura Camfield, University of East Anglia and EJDR Editor, and Prof Wendy Olsen, University of Manchester and EJDR Editor, gave insights on topics like “What makes a good research paper” and “Writing an international development paper”. Through the scope of interaction between mentees and lectures one could sense that the right issues had been raised. This was shown particularly by questions on the specific scientific jargon to be used and the strenuous process of getting a paper accepted.

Meet your Mentor

The matching of mentees and mentors showed the great strength of JUMP, connecting young and ambitious southern scholars with experienced scientists to enable mentees to get access to Northern knowledge networks. JUMP mentees and mentors met on Monday, the 21st August 2017, over lunch to talk about the development of their papers and ideas for their forthcoming cooperation. The participants were also welcomed by EADIs former president Isa Baud and Anne Moulin from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), co-financing JUMP with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Both pointed out the opportunity for participants to gain knowledge from experienced scholars and take their learnings into scientific communities in the South.

JUMP Panel

Finally, all JUMP-mentees met on Wednesday to listen to three experienced scholars speaking openly about their personal ups and downs when it comes to publishing. Prof Darley Jose Kjosavik, NMBU, Norway and Prof Joy Clancy, University of Twente, The Netherlands plus Prof Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa spoke about their life as scholars and struggles that appear when it comes to publishing in high-ranked journals. The Session was very beneficial for JUMP mentees as they could ask specific questions on procedural matters as well as on issues concerning the demanded quality of their papers.

What’s next?

Right after the EADI NORDIC conference JUMP participants continued working with their mentors. As the programme requires papers to be handed in until the end of February 2018, a lot of work is still ahead for mentees and mentors. Speaking about her experience being a JUMP-participant in Bergen and especially praising the panel session, Rhiya Singh said: “After hearing the stories of the initial days of prominent researchers and professors brought a sense of security and confidence in me. The session also helped me in understanding the details of publishing a paper, generally which are not told by many.”

EADI is looking forward to reading the final papers and to continue supporting young researchers on their way into science. For more on this visit the JUMP website.

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