Project details / IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education

About this project

To promote and support scientific contributions to the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conferences on HIV Science and the International AIDS Conferences, the IAS, the Journal of the IAS (JIAS) and Health[e]Foundation offer a course – IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education – each year. The course was written by editors of the Journal of the IAS, an open-access platform for the publication of essential and innovative HIV/AIDS research.

One of the four modules, How to write a conference abstract, is a requirement for the IAS Abstract Mentor Programme for the conferences. The Abstract Mentor Programme aims to help young or less experienced researchers, mainly from resource-limited settings, to improve their abstracts before submitting them in order to increase the chance of their work being presented at conferences. The mandatory module presents information on the general requirements and considerations regarding abstract writing and an understanding of the criteria used in the selection process. Upon completion of this module, participants receive a code with which they can apply for the IAS Abstract Mentor Programme.

Three other modules are available in this course: on writing and submitting a research manuscript and how to navigate the editorial and peer review process. The full course is free for IAS members. The module How to write a conference abstract is freely available for all. To promote contributions from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the mandatory module is also available in Russian since 2016 thanks to AFEW International.

Who is this project for

Everyone who would like to write and submit an abstract or manuscript to the IAS Conference on HIV Science and/or the International AIDS Conference and wants to participate in the IAS Abstract Mentor Programme.

Aim of the project

This project aims to promote and support scientific contributions to the IAS Conferences on HIV Science and International AIDS Conferences.

Project activities

  • E-learning course: IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education
  • The International AIDS Society organizes the Abstract Mentor Programme

Organization and partners

This project is a longtime collaboration between the IAS, the Journal of the IAS (JIAS) and Health[e]Foundation. Together, they offer the course IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education, written by editors of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, an open-access platform for the publication of essential and innovative HIV/AIDS research. The Abstract Mentor Programme is offered by the IAS.

Results of the project

In 2017/2018, over 800 people subscribed to the IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education e-learning course. 190 of them passed the posttest of the mandatory module for the Abstract Mentor Programme. The International AIDS Society reported an increase of 124% in submissions for the Abstract Mentor Programme and 22% of the abstracts that were submitted for AIDS 2018 were selected for the conference.

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Subject

Abstract and manuscript writing and submitting

Period

2011 - (ongoing)

Target group

Everyone who would like to write and submit an abstract or manuscript

Course / service

IAS Scientific Writing[e]Education

Learning method

Online individual learning

Partner

(Journal of the) International AIDS Society

Project Manager Myrna Derksen myrna@healthefoundation.eu