Most of the messages I receive through the contact form on my website are spam. However, last week the contact form brought me three interesting things: an offer of work from a research organisation in the US, a message from a former colleague I’d lost touch with, and greetings from someone who did a research project with me at University of Zimbabwe.
This week I received another pleasant surprise — an email from a PhD student in India who would like help with preparing a paper for submission to a journal. We had both signed up with AuthorAid — me as a mentor, the student as a mentee. AuthorAid is a ‘global online network that provides support, mentoring, resources, and training for researchers in developing countries’.