Kenyatta University To Develop Graduate-Level Course on Scientific Writing

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) have a joint NIDA International Program-funded project to develop an academic course on writing scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. ICUDDR members in low- and middle-income countries were asked to apply for funding and consultation support to develop the course. Competitive applications were received from universities in Albania, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Ukraine. The review committee unanimously selected Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, with Beatrice Kathungu as principal investigator for the project. Work began in January on a three-credit course on scientific writing that will become a mandatory element of the post-graduate diploma in addiction science and will be open to master’s and doctoral students in the psychology department. The course will be developed with consultation from ISAJE and will be shared with the ICUDDR network of universities for adoption in their programs. The course development project is part of a larger effort by ICUDDR and ISAJE to increase the quantity and quality of peer-reviewed publications by researchers outside of the United States and Europe.