The work of ILRI and its staff collectively results in a wide range of outputs that are ‘published’ in a number of formats or channels. These include, but are not limited to: articles, books, reports, chapters, brochures, flyers, press items, CDs and DVDs, web sites, posters, conference papers and presentations, images, audio files, videos and films, maps, software, datasets and databases.
In this strategy, we explain how we will publish ‘international public goods’ whose benefits can be accessed and taken up internationally. The goods need to ‘travel’.
We want these ILRI goods to be accessible, directly or indirectly, by a wide range of stakeholders and clients, with as few technical or financial limitations as possible.
In December 2010, ILRI Management adopted an open 'creative commons' license to be used for ILRI-generated research outputs
To ensure maximum uptake, we aim to work with a range of specialized ‘relay’ partners who ensure the wider translation and application of our corporate and research messages.
ILRI Publishing Goals
Across the various publishing platforms and channels, we aim to achieve the following:
- High scientific quality (and academic impact)
- High relevance to addressing development challenges
- Optimum editorial quality and style for the intended purpose
- Maximum accessibility of our outputs to various audiences, now and in the future
- Maximum uptake (and development impact) and re-use of our key messages
- Recognition of the contributions of authors, partners, sponsors and ILRI
- Staff enabled to document and share their knowledge in various ways and forms
- Clear and easy to follow processes and guidelines from knowledge creation to communication and use
- Innovative use of emerging science communication tools and media that help us reach these and other institutional aims
- Realistic planning and budgeting for communication and publishing.