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Online resources for researchers and science reporters

Sida supports several organisations that offer ample online training and other resources for researchers, science journalists and scientific journal editors.

This material is especially designed to promote research and science communication of high quality in low- and middle-income countries. Do share these links with anyone who could benefit from them.

Science communication and scholarly publication

International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (INASP)

INASP runs the platform AuthorAID, with online courses in scientific writing and critical thinking, journal reading clubs, a guide to the international research landscape, possibility to find a personal mentor and much more. It has over 20 000 members from 175 countries.


SciDev.Net offers self-pace online training in science communication for scientists, journalists and press officers. It also provides over 60 practical guides covering different aspects of science communication. There is a special guide and online course for journalists reporting the science of COVID-19.

African Journals Online (AJOL)

AJOL is the world's largest platform of African-published scholarly journals, comprising more than 500 journals from 32 countries, whereof a majority with Open Access. It gives access to full text journal articles and also contains links to other collections of academic literature that are free to use, Open Source Software relevant for journal editors, and all you need to know about Open Access. 

Journal Publishing Practices and Standards

The Journal Publishing Practices and Standards framework, run by AJOL and INASP, provides detailed assessment criteria for journals produced in developing countries. It helps editors improve the quality of their journals, and researchers and users of research identify credible journals for reading and publication. 

Gender equity in research

Gender mainstreaming in higher education

Want to improve gender equity at your institution? Make use of this Toolkit for Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education, developed by INASP in cooperation with women scientists in Tanzania.

Gender toolkit for health researchers

This toolkit from the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted by WHO, aims to strengthen the capacity of researchers working on infectious diseases of poverty by incorporating an intersectional gender approach. It is equally relevant to other health research and interventions.

Integrate gender into research

Learn how to integrate gender into your research, for better research quality and impact. This online training is developed by SciDev.Net for researchers in life and natural sciences.

Experiences of successful scientists

Draw from the experiences of successful women scientists from low- and middle-income countries. Read the interviews in SciDev.Net’s Role Model Series.

Implementation research

TDR offers implementation research training materials in the form of a MOOC, a toolkit, written course material on ethical considerations and guidance for publishing.

Managing and funding research

ESSENCE on Health Research has several publications supporting donors, directors and managers of research, on research capacity strengthening and research investment and costing. ESSENCE is health focused, but the material can be used across research fields.

Much of these online resources are licensed under a Creative Commons License. Trainers are encouraged to use and reproduce material in their training of others.

Updated: May 15, 2023