The IASSCS Mentoring Program is intended to offer an opportunity for junior researchers and/or activists from the global south to receive mentoring and technical assistance with small projects. This program has been developed as part of the IASSCS’ goal of partnering junior practitioners and researchers with more experienced researchers in order to advance capabilities to produce research knowledge, increase the production and dissemination of research and advocacy work and expand advocacy and research networks in the global south. The IASSCS Mentoring Program has two components: IASSCS Publication Mentoring Program and IASSCS Abstract Mentoring Program.
The goal of the IASSCS Publication Mentoring Program is to offer mentoring and technical assistance with small projects for junior researchers and/or activists from the global south. It includes two sub-categories:
- Conceptual-Methodological: to provide technical support regarding conceptual and methodological issues pertinent to the process of publishing research results. This mentoring seeks to strengthen the quality of academic papers and their likelihood of being accepted for local, regional or international publication. Papers to be considered include papers written in English and Spanish, depending on the availability of mentors.
- Editorial: In order to get their work published, researchers whose native language is not English face the primary challenge of translating into English work that was originally written in their native language. This mentoring seeks to provide editing support from experienced writers in order to improve the language quality of their work prior to submission for English publication.
The goal of the Abstract Mentoring Program is to provide an opportunity for junior and/or less experienced conference abstract submitters to receive feedback from more experienced researchers. This program especially targets researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for mentoring in research and/or writing and for whom online distance education provides a more cost-effective research capacity building. By providing this opportunity, we also expect to increase the number and quality of abstract submissions among early-career researchers at the IASSCS International Conferences.