Improving the visibility of hydrological sciences from developing countries

D. A. Hughes, K. V. Heal, C. Leduc

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Abstract

The increasing level of competition in scientific publishing arguably has a greater negative impact on hydrologists from developing countries and specifically young scientists. This paper discusses the constraints they face and offers suggestions to authors and the hydrological community about how these may be mitigated. These include a lack of access to resources to assist with creating good publications, the difficulty of publishing research based on relatively scarce data, a common problem in many developing countries, and a lack of familiarity with the process of publishing scientific material together with limited access to mentorship from experienced authors. A key point is to ensure that the research question addressed has a broad interest beyond the local study area. However, the more limited hydrological knowledge and the water resources problems of developing countries represent opportunities for internationally relevant research, particularly within the nexus between hydrology and society, or between science and practice. Both of these are high on the international hydrological research agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1627-1635
Number of pages9
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Volume59
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • developing countries
  • hydrological sciences
  • early career scientists
  • publishing
  • pays en developpement
  • sciences hydrologiques
  • jeunes scientifiques
  • publication
  • WATER-RESOURCES
  • SOUTHERN AFRICA
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • IMPACT
  • VARIABILITY
  • UNCERTAINTY
  • MANAGEMENT
  • FLOWS

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