AfricaAdapt Editorial Guidelines for AfricaAdapt Members
Why is an Editorial Policy important?
AfricaAdapt aims to ensure that the content available is of high quality and of relevance to climate change adaptation in Africa. Our Knowledge Sharing Officers (KSO) based in Africa and the UK locate content from a variety of sources to meet the information needs of our Network member. Network members are also able to upload content onto the site once they have registered.
We have created this Editorial Guideline as a way of encouraging our members to contribute content to AfricaAdapt. The guideline provides an overview of sourcing content, selecting content, copyright, copy editing and service review.
What does an Editorial Policy include?
1. Identifying and Sourcing Content
AfricaAdapt offers a collection of knowledge sharing products including a repository of high quality material on climate change adaptation by theme which include: Agriculture; Food Security; Fisheries; Energy, Gender, Water, International Climate Negotiations, Health, Poverty and Vulnerability; Cross Cutting Issues. KSOs are consistently gathering information from a wide variety of sources under the above mentioned themes as well as for news and announcements. This is done through subscription to a variety of listserves, through relationships with a variety of stakeholders, through our advisory board and through contributions from you!
2. Selecting content and Criteria
AfricaAdapt has a selection criteria in relation to the nature of the product and the service provided. Content is selected on the basis of a variety of factors, and meets the majority of the following:
Is it of high quality and relevance to AfricaAdapt’s different user groups?
Is the publishing organisation reputable?
Does the material share a particular lesson(s)?
Is it practical to share the material given technological/time constraints?
Does the material satisfy the need to balance diversity of knowledge producers and consumers (e.g. different context, sectors, regional variation, sources, partners)?
Is it topical?
Does it challenge or push boundaries?
Does it respect AfricaAdapt’s values and ethics?
Does it promote our inclusion strategy by offering marginalised groups a voice?
Materials that do not meet with these standards may be subject to revision or deletion. The contributor will be notified and help will be offered on how to improve the documentation to a level where it can be shared online.
3. Copyright, Ownership and Access Issues
It is essential that we do not break any copyright or licensing laws when sharing information. This includes content as well as contact details. It is critical to check whether sharing the particular piece of material breaches any copyright/ownership restrictions.
4. Copyediting Processes
It is well recognised that a second set of eyes on any document is always good practice to ensure quality. Our Copy editing processes includes: content editing, copy-editing, proofreading and final checking. AfricaAdapt’s KSOs will act as peer support for copyediting process ensuring that each product added to the site has been reviewed. You are welcome to contact AfricaAdapt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require help in submitting content to the site. Help you can expect includes review of the document and suggestions on how to improve with links to available resources.
5. Overall Service Review
As AfricaAdapt has an advisory board in place, we may consider requesting their review of the editorial policy and to request that they conduct period service reviews.
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