Training Centre in Communication partners with CABI to provide training and mentorship for Early Career Journal Editors

24 January 2023 Categories: latest news, News

Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) and CABI Agriculture & Bioscience is pleased to announce a new editor training and mentoring program aimed to give new editors the skills and knowledge they need for upcoming editorial board positions. Being on an editorial board is a significant accomplishment. It assists in enhancing the researcher’s reputation in their industry and may pave the way for future editorial leadership positions.

This programme follows the success of a series of workshops that were held on 21st November and 13th December, 2022 on Bias in Peer Review aimed at providing an opportunity for the CABI early career researchers and editorial board members to reflect on the different biases towards peer review and share their views on how these can be mitigated or dismantled.  Owango, J., & Outa, N. (2022). Open Peer Reviewers in Africa- Bias in Peer Review. AfricArXiv.

The training will be conducted through live, interactive online workshops followed by a mentorship opportunity, supported by a current member of the CABI Agriculture and Bioscience Editorial Board. Ten individuals will be selected and matched with a suitable mentor based on subject area. Mentees will gain hands-on experience of handling submitted manuscripts through the peer-review process. This opportunity will be afforded to those who attend all the three workshops which will be on the following dates:

  • Workshop 1: Best practice and industry standards
    Wednesday 22 March 12:00 UTC
  • Workshop 2: Impact factors and persistent identifiers (run by TCC Africa)
    Wednesday 29 March 12:00 UTC*
  • Workshop 3: Peer-review process (run by TCC Africa)
    Wednesday 5 April 12:00 UTC*

To apply to attend the webinars, and subsequently be in with a chance of being placed with a mentor, please fill in the form linked below by 15 February 2023.

Places are limited, and priority will be given to applicants who are:

  • Not more than 5 years post-PhD or equivalent professional qualification (excluding any career breaks taken, such as for child care)
  • Actively publishing peer-reviewed articles in subject areas within the scope of CABI Agriculture and Bioscience

Please note that the workshops are live so you will need to be available to attend at the dates and times set out above.

If your application is successful, you will receive full joining instructions by email by the 1 March 2023.


About CABI Agriculture & Bioscience

CABI A&B is the official journal of CABI – an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organization is governed by 49 Member Countries, many of which are low-income and highly dependent on agriculture to feed their population and generate income.

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About TCC Africa

Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya.  TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication.

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