Thank You to Cameroon — Compliments on the JIDC Mentoring System

A couple of weeks ago, JIDC Editor-in-Chief Salvatore Rubino received a letter from a researcher in Cameroon.  The letter from Jane-Francis Akoachere of the University of Buea in Cameroon, described how the JIDC Mentoring System supports researchers in non-English speaking countries to communicate the research from their communities on an international level.

When the letter was received, everyone at JIDC especially E-in-C Salvatore Rubino was incredibly moved as the Mentoring is the HEART of JIDC.  The whole JIDC Editorial and Technical Staff wanted to show how important this letter was to us and say a big THANK YOU to Jane-Francis Akoachere.  It means more than can be expressed to have a reader communicating their gratitude.

So… Thank You Jane-Francis Akoachere and Cameroon from everyone at JIDC!

Here is  Dr. Jane-Francis Akoachere’s Letter:

Dear Dr Salvatore Rubino,

I was browsing through Scopus and came across JIDC for the first time. Out of curiosity, I did a Google search and got a write up (PDF document) on the mission and vision of JIDC. I salute the concern you and your team has shown  about scientists in developing countries and I earnestly thank you all for  drawing up such a project. Personally, I think I will benefit from the JIDC project because being linked to a mentor, will enable me polish up my writing skills and come up with good manuscripts.

Kindly extend my warm greetings, appreciation and best wishes to your entire team.

Jane-Francis Akoachere,
Coordinator for Microbiology Programme,
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology,
Faculty of Science,
University of Buea,
Cameroon.

WE ARE JIDC, The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries – An OA Journal with a Mentoring System!

WE ARE JIDC, The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries – Pleased to meet you!

We are JIDC, the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries.  We are an Open Access Journal and proud to be Open Access and participating in International Open Access Week.  Our non-for-profit journal publishes peer-reviewed papers focusing on medical and biomedical research studies that affect health and medicine in lower-income countries.  Research manuscripts can be in the form of research articles, case reports, and review articles.  Importantly, JIDC has developed a Unique Mentoring System to facilitate the publication of scientific articles in need of guidance in English editing and/or scientific direction.  Since all scientific research merits publication, it is JIDC’s mission to help develop scientific and medical studies into scientifically sound research articles by use of the mentoring system.  As scientific studies from all areas of the globe are published through JIDC we hope that JIDC becomes an intersection point of international science.  JIDC strives to be an international platform for the scientific interaction between the developed and developing worlds.

Open Access and JIDC

Open Access!  We provide immediate open access of accepted papers on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  As an Open Access journal, JIDC provides all published articles freely available from our journal website.  The articles published in JIDC are  online from our journal website in PDF form that can then be downloaded for reading and sharing and referencing in future work.  The object of research is to increase knowledge of a particular subject. To conduct research but not to share the results, therefore, is to defeat its purpose.  The objective of JIDC is to allow researchers in all countries access to a high-quality international journal, not just to read, but more importantly, in which to publish research for others to read.

An International Journal!

As an international journal, publications are encouraged from laboratories from both developed and developing countries.  JIDC welcomes manuscripts from any country but particularly strives to provide all infectious disease researchers from developing countries with an international forum for publishing their research findings.  And together with our JIDC Blog it is also our hope that JIDC can be a platform for smaller research groups in developing countries to raise their profile and/or introduce them and their expertise to the research community. 

Who Are We?

JIDC was founded by Professor Salvatore Rubino of the University of Sassari in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.  Professor Salvatore Rubino is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of Salmonella enteric and professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. 

We are an incredibly large group of co-operative scientists and clinicians that work together for the common goal that all research merits publication.  Under the direction of Salvatore Rubino there are 15 senior editors who are located across the globe:  Saudi Arabia, United States, Korea, Vietnam, Turkey, Bahrain, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, China and the Netherlands.  Please see the regional offices for more information on your local JIDC branch.

In addition, there are 15 Editors, 11 Associate Editors, 1 Technical Editor, 9 Scientific Editors, 8 members of the Linguistics Division and an Extensive Editorial Board. 

Of course JIDC could not run without a webmaster, Marco Scano, who organizes the online technical aspects our monthly publication.  And creative designs including Journal Art Covers are done by Jeff Coombs.

More about the Mentoring System

Mentoring is a necessary part of teaching and learning in the sciences and scientific research.  Most of us begin with an attempt to write our first paper, which is corrected by our supervisor and so the process begins.  We are all mentored, to a greater or lesser extent, in the art of getting papers accepted for publication.

JIDC Open Access Week Reception! Oct. 28th in Toronto, Canada

Hi everyone! Last week I mentioned that we were going to make an Open Access Week announcement this week. 

I am thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a JIDC Open Access Week rReception.  The reception is Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 3pm to 5pm in Toronto, Canada. 

To celebrate JIDC participation in Open Access Week we will be having food and drinks as well as JIDC and Open Access information.  Open Access Week is supported and organized by SPARC and PLoS.

If you are in the area and interested in attending, please contact me, Alyson Kelvin, at akelvin(at)jidc(dot)org or Marina Sequeira at  msequeir(at)uhnresearch(dot)ca

Alyson

Yay! The JIDC shirt: Open Access Week Post #3

Yes it is HERE!  The JIDC T-shirt!  Unveiled for the up-coming Open Access Week.  Here it is:

 

The JIDC T-shirt is designed by JIDC’s own Creative Designer Jeff Coombs.    

This Friday we will announce the winners of the Open Access Week (OA Week) and the JIDC original design T-shirt giveaways.  To promote OA Week and JIDC Open Access participation, we are giving away OA Week T-shirts and JIDC T-shirts to JIDC Open Access Group Members.  For more information on joining, contact me (akelvin(at)jidc(dot)org) or see the previous OA post.  If you are interested in Open Access Week you can join on their website and see our JIDC Group Page.    Donna Okubo at PLoS and SPARC is also a great contact (dokubo(at)plos(dot)org).

I also mentioned that I will be posting pictures of JIDC editors and members in their OA Week T-shirts.  Today I am posting a photo of Tracy Zhao (Assistant Specialist for JIDC) supporting Open Access publishing.  My next OA post will have a picture of a JIDC Editor sporting this shirt.

 

OA Week (October 24th to 28th) is fast approaching and I am working hard to have some great OA posts for the JIDC Blog that week.  As described in my previous Open Access Week Post, there will be posts discussing the JIDC Mentoring Program, Scientific Writing, and the Importance of Open Access Publishing.  

My first OA post briefly describes the importance of Open Access for JIDC. 

I hope that you enjoy the Open Access activities as much as I have enjoyed preparing them!

Tracy in her Open Access T!