A first look: JRA's author fellowship program.

Author:Harrod, Carson

The Society of Research Administrators International Journal of Research Administration (JRA) is a valuable resource for research administrators, providing peer-reviewed articles that analyze and improve all areas of our field. Authors who contribute to JRA also benefit personally from sharing their expertise and experiences with the research administration community. This personal benefit can include greater confidence in writing and skills, increased respect from faculty and administrative colleagues, a strengthened resume, and recognition by the broader research administration field.

The Editorial Board of JRA recognizes the values of authorship to both the research administration community and individual authors. To encourage research administrators who may not have experience writing journal articles to submit manuscripts for publication, the JRA Editorial Board wanted to develop an author fellowship program to guide new authors through the process of manuscript preparation. As such, an ad hoc Author Fellowship Working Group composed of three JRA Editorial Board members was tasked with developing an Author Fellowship Program.

As mentioned above, the goal of the JRA Author Fellowship Program is to increase the confidence, capacity, and willingness of research administrators to serve the field and share their expertise as journal or magazine authors. The program provides a mechanism through which experienced authors can serve as peer mentors to aspiring authors who are new to the publishing experience. By providing such support, authors are empowered to share their expertise with others, thereby strengthening the base from which articles can be solicited.

The value to the mentees is clear. They can receive needed support from a published author to guide them in the preparation of a first article, which can lead to increased confidence as well as greater recognition within their institutions and the research administration community. Mentors benefit from sharing their experience in writing and providing guidance to help their mentees increase confidence in writing and developing a first article.

The program establishes a time frame of three to six months for a given mentor/mentee period. After a mentor and mentee have been paired, it is expected that they will develop a mentoring plan that could include a brief outline of what will be accomplished and the timeline to completion.

The role of the mentor is to guide the development of the...

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