Chidi Ugwu from Nigeria speaks at DocLinks Summer School in Helsinki about his experience with publishing. Chidi, working on an ethnographic study of the Malaria Roll Back initiative, spoke of the role his participation in an ASAUK/British Academy writing workshop in Accra played in getting his first acceptance. With the input of journal editors and peers, he reworked the paper which had been rejected before. After peer review and then 8 months in the revision process, the article was published in International Quarterly of Community Health Education. He has since participated in a workshop organized by the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and read widely on scientific writing, further strengthening his skills. He has also published in the Nsukka Journal of the Humanities, the Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business and International Journal of Asian Social Science. 'I now know the "tricks"', Chidi says, 'and I am applying the knowledge in two papers I'm currently developing'. He refers to advice from reviewers on being more succinct, which he has taken on board. Chidi has many key points to make for those setting out, including following instructions for authors and understanding that rejections are part of the 'rites of passage' of publishing. He reflects thoughtfully that 'writing skills are cultivated through a meticulous process of learning' – not quick, easy fixes, but a commitment to long-term success. (From the ACU Voice)
Accra, Ghana, 25-26/04 2012
Patience Munge Sone, Approaches to Gender Conflicts on Land Ownership in the Courts of Anglophone Cameroon: Human Rights Implications, the International Journal of Human Rights 17:4 (2013): 567-583.
Go to the publisher's website for free access for limited period: 25/06/2013 - 24/07/2013.
The author of this article, Patience Munge Sone, attended the Writing Workshop held in Accra, Ghana, 25-26 April 2012, organized by Ama de-Graft Aikins (Senior Lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana) and a team from the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.
The workshop was generously supported by the Regional Institute for Popsulation Studies, International Journal of Human Rights, Ghana Studies, Globalization and Health and the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).
ASAUK Writing Workshops
ASAUK has developed a significant programme of writing workshops. The workshops offer doctoral or recently post-doctoral students an opportunity to work on their paper with the editor of a journal in a focused, intensive environment. Recent workshops have been held in Oxford, Pretoria, Cambridge, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Birmingham. The response to the writing workshop programme has been overwhelming with well over 100 submissions for a limited number of spaces at several of the events.
Workshops are carried out in cooperation with African Studies centres, African Universities and Africanist journals, and maximise the impact of research time spent in the UK by African scholars and journal editors’ time spent in Africa. The workshops have targeted not only visiting African scholars but UK Africanist doctoral and recently post-doctoral students. Significant support for the writing workshops has been received from a variety of journals, publishers and the British Academy Africa Panel. Over 70 doctoral or recently post-doctoral students have attended an ASAUK writing workshop in the first year and half of the programme.
We encourage scholars, centres, networks or journals that wish to be involved in the workshops or are interested in organizing a workshop to contact the African Studies Association UK via our research administrator.
For a discussion of support for early career researchers in African universities, see the following link for an article by Jonathan Harle, Programmes Manager of the Association of Commonwealth Universities: