In a very welcome initiative, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) has just announced the new Journal Mentoring Programme (JUMP) which aims to increase the number of original academic articles authored by Southern development researchers, published in the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR). This new initiative is funded by SDC and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It has a particular focus on women and authors from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. For those who would like to apply, applications are open until end of May 2017. As EADI notes on the JUMP webpage:
Academic publishing is critical to the enhancement of research capacity in the Global South. Furthermore, the greater participation of Southern researchers in journals such as the European Journal of Development Research EJDR serves to re-balance the predominantly Northern academic development ‘voice’.
This new initiative coincides with the publication of a paper by Paul Hoebink and I on Representation of academics from developing countries as authors and editorial board members in scientific journals: does this matter to the field of development studies? in the April 2017 issue of the EJDR. Based on a sample of 10 academic journals and 2112 articles in the field of development studies, we established that more than 40% of the authors were located located in the USA and UK, more than 40% were from other developed countries, while only 14% were from authors in developing countries. We argue that from the perspectives of equity, responsibility and diversity, efforts should be made by bodies, such as EADI, to reddress this pattern.
The new JUMP initiative will be going some way towards addressing this issue and it would be good to see other academic journals taking similar steps.