Calendar: First Quarter 2022 Training Schedule


Calling African open access journal editors and publishers! Joint webinar series run by AJOL, ASSAf, DOAJ, EIFL, LIBSENSE and UCT on Thursdays at 10:00 GMT from February 10th to March 24th, 2022. Unless otherwise indicated, the first part of each webinar will be offered in English and there will be a switch to the French language for the second part.

Webinar 1: DOAJ Introduction and Overview

Tom Olijhoek and Judith Barnsby (DOAJ) will talk on why it is important to be indexed in DOAJ and how to get indexed, including open access compliance, the journal application process and submission form, DOAJ criteria for inclusion and common reasons for rejection.

  • Date and time: Thursday, 10 Feb at 10:00 GMT (duration: 1.5 hour).

  • Registration: Please register here

Webinar 2: Open Access Journals Editorial Processes and Business Models

Louise van Heerden, Susan Veldsman (ASSAf) and Susan Murray (AJOL) will talk about editorial processes: peer review, editorial quality, editorial board, routinely screening article submissions for plagiarism and business models. Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework and evaluations will also be presented and discussed. Presentations will be in English with French subtitles

Webinar 3: Copyright and Licensing in Open Access Journals

Tom Olijhoek and Judith Barnsby (DOAJ) will talk about the copyright licensing issues in African applications to DOAJ. Susan Murray (AJOL) will explain and encourage using Creative Commons licenses to avoid these issues.

Webinar 4: Open Access Journals Best Practices

Ina Smith (ASSAf) and Thomas Mboa (University of Yaoundé II) will talk about Open Access and Archiving policies, DOIs, ORCIDs and other persistent identities, how the journal could comply with I4OC standards for open citations, etc.

Webinar 5: Journal Indexing, other Publishing Platforms related Issues with Breakouts for OJS, AJOL and SciELO South Africa

Speakers and facilitators: Bessem Aamira (CNUDST), Iryna Kuchma (EIFL), Lena Nyahodza (UCT), Louise van Heerden (ASSAf - SciELO SA), Susan Murray (AJOL) and Ina Smith (ASSAf). Presentations and discussions in English and French languages.

Webinar 6: Addressing Predatory Publishing Issues

Tom Olijhoek (DOAJ), Susan Veldsman (ASSAf) and African editors will explain how they are implementing strong quality screening policies and workflows.

Webinar 7: New Ways to Assess the Quality of Science and Scientists and the Role of African Open Access Journals

Tom Olijhoek (DOAJ) and Thomas Mboa (University of Yaoundé II) will emphasize current DORA developments to advance practical and robust approaches to research assessment and the role African open access journals play in this process.

Research4Life: Free Nature Masterclasses in Research Publication

Springer Nature has made Nature Masterclasses on-demand online training content free to access for researchers in lower-income countries through Research4Life. Nature Masterclasses, delivered by editors from across the Nature Portfolio of journals, as well as experienced researchers, funders and professionals via a subscription, offers highly targeted courses designed to enhance the skills and boost the confidence of early career researchers. This latest move sees free access expanded so all training that was previously behind a paywall will now be available for researchers in registered institutions in lower-income countries. Researchers can learn at their own pace, in their preferred format, as the online courses are delivered in bite-size lessons and practical tasks with over 45 hours of training available. Topics covered range from persuasive grant writing, scientific writing and publishing, to data analysis, presentations and more.

Steps to register for the Nature Masterclasses and begin your Free course through Research4Life:

  1. Click on this link: Nature Masterclasses ONLINE to log on directly to the Nature Masterclasses ONLINE resource via the R4L content portal by providing your institutional login credentials (contact your librarian). Alternatively, you may log in to the Research4Life complete content portal and browse the Content >> Publishers menu to locate/click Nature Masterclasses in the Publisher alphabetical listing
  2. If the Nature Masterclasses ONLINE link (shown in step 3 below) does not show immediately, click the Check any not provided content tab, as shown below, to launch it
  3. Click on the Nature Masterclasses ONLINE link, as shown below, to create/register an account on Nature Masterclasses. Note that this will take you to the publisher’s webpage
  4. Follow the steps provided on the Nature webpage to register and participate. Remember the following:
    1. Use the UHAS e-mail address to register your account
    2. Tick the box to accept the privacy policy
    3. Click Register to submit your sign-up request
    4. Check you e-mail inbox to verify account by clicking on the confirmation link sent to you

Click here to download a pictorial stepwise manual in PDF

Calendar: Second Quarter 2023


Research4Life will be running a 6-week course for early-career researchers on the above subject from late May to end of June, 2023. Visit the course announcement for details and registration or register here. Registration for this course closes on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.


INASP has announced the opening of enrolment into its AuthorAid course “Getting started with writing and publishing your research”. This course is scheduled to commence on the 16th of May, 2023. All interested participants are to enrol before the course start date. Visit the course information page for detailed course information and instructions on self-enrolment.