Building publication and writing skills of early career researchers: The case of Afe Babalola University, Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria

Friday Okonofua


Journals published from Low and Middle-Income Countries have the dual responsibility, not only to advance new knowledge and innovations in various fields, but also to grow a cohort of new entrants into scientific writing and publications. Given that the African region has one of the lowest contributions to science publications in the world1, it is important that journals help new researchers and scientists to navigate the often rigorous processes in scientific writing and publication. This will help to grow the culture of science and research publications in the continent. The African Journal of Reproductive Health has a specific mandate to support early career researchers and writers to ensure that they are not extinguished by the requirements of the journal, and that they are able to gain faultless entry into scientific writing in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is within this context that the journal accepted to publish a special edition that fielded manuscripts reporting research conducted by early career researchers in various domains of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Afe Babalola University, in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria.

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