The ACSE Mentorship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from experts outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor.

ACSE Mentorship Program
The ACSE aims to serve editorial professionals of Asia by providing them with a progressive networking platform for their career development, education, and resources for innovative solutions. We have built up a sequence of our events, including our Annual Conference and Editors Café, which helps our members to boost their informal networking, professional relationship-building, and skill enhancement training programs. However, for long term learning and a more structured approach towards career development in academic publishing, the ACSE offers a Mentorship Program to refine the art of editing in a one-on-one working relationship with an expert member of the ACSE.

The ACSE Mentorship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from experts outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor. It enables established professionals to give back to the industry and pay forward the support and guidance they received during the development of their careers by serving as mentors. The program aims to connect members of ACSE for professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

Philosophy behind ACSE Mentorship Program
Basically, in contrast to the well-developed scientific communities of Europe, USA, and Australia, Asia, even having a lot of potentials, lacks the platforms that provide specific training to run and manage editorial jobs. Unlike many other professions, for example, a doctor, a nurse, or an engineer, an editor does not go through proper education or drill to manage the tasks of his editorial position. Editors in Asia find a dire need of counseling and help during their working, particularly during decision making because they haven’t had any learning for the course of action they should follow. Even if they attend particular training workshops or specific short courses, still they lack ongoing counseling, which would be non-judgmental. Observing this gap, The ACSE, along with its other unique programs, decided to launch a mentorship program that would be an opportunity for editors across the world and especially from Asia to participate in a one-on-one mentor-mentee relationship with expertise out of their workplace.

What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is an interactive and mutually beneficial method of offering professional development opportunities in a "community of sharing." It is a process in which an experienced individual (mentor) helps another person (mentee) who is new at his position to develop goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities. Mentors help other members of their profession to enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in a flexible, responsive, and transformational environment. Coaching and confidence-building are essential features of mentorship. Interestingly, most successful people have been mentored, whether they realize it or not, because mentoring, whether formal or informal, goes beyond what you can learn from our courses and books. It is one of the best ways to acquire the confidence for editors who are new at their position, to develop a positive attitude, and to further learn and seek ethical viewpoints in their working from experts to thrive in their career. This interactive relationship often benefits both mentor and mentee alike.

How can Mentorship Help Publishing Professionals?
Mentorship can help publishing professionals to identify potential career paths by expanding their knowledge of career options within the industry and provide learning experiences outside of their workplace. It can help to shape the future leaders of the scholarly community through the expansion of their professional competencies, and therefore, cultivate a diverse and high-quality pool of candidates in the workforce in the process. Mentorship is a critical component to attracting a more diverse workforce by providing opportunities for professionals new to the industry to learn about the culture of scholarly communications, make new contacts, and feel welcome in our community.

Mentorship Benefits

Benefits of being a Mentor

Personal and professional development
  • Allows them to reflect on their own goals and practices
  • Extends their knowledge and expertise
  • Develops their leadership, communication, and coaching styles
  • Exposes them to new perspectives, ideas, and approaches
  • Expand their professional network

Professional recognition
  • Brings them recognition as a leader and as an expert in editorial skills and subject matter
  • Enhances professional development record

Personal satisfaction
  • Enhances their self-worth through the sharing of knowledge
  • Brings a sense of fulfillment from giving back to the community

Benefits of being a Mentee

Personal and professional development
  • Helps them acquire new editing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values
  • Exposes them to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Develops communication, study, and personal skills
  • Empowers them through coaching and encouragement to deal with editorial and work issues
  • Provides an opportunity to clarify their thoughts and get feedback
  • Helps them develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses
  • Increases their confidence through a stable source of advice, support, and encouragement
  • Instills a commitment to a professional relationship

Career growth
  • Provides an important networking contact
  • Provides them with guidance on professional development and career issues

How does the ACSE Mentorship Program work?
  • The Mentor and Mentee both would apply to participate in the program via filling online Application
  • The ACSE Mentorship Committee would approve the Application and set up a match of a mentee and mentor and will notify both of them.
  • Mentor-mentee relationship can take place either face to face or at a distance and meetings can be in-person, via telephone or by other virtual means
  • Mentor-Mentee get connected for the four-month duration, with the possibility of maximum extension of about six months
  • Meeting schedule and number of hours agreed by mentor and mentee; typically, 20 to 30 hours over the four months
  • Learner-driven is responsive to the mentees' specific needs and preferences
  • Optional two-hour café mentorship (one or two meetings either face to face or at a distance) for advice on limited issues or as a “first date” before establishing a mentoring relationship
  • Feedback will be done by ACSE after four months of Mentorship and on successful completion, both Mentor and Mentee would be acknowledged at the approaching ACSE Annual Conference

ACSE Mentorship Program Eligibility and Application:
To qualify for a Mentee or a Mentor in the ACSE Mentorship Program, one must be eligible for the following conditions.
  • All participants, mentors, and mentees must be current members of ACSE.
  • All membership types are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Mentors are required to have at least three years of experience in scholarly communication.
  • Interested members must apply to participate in the program. A limited number of places per mentorship group are available. The selection for participation will be determined by the committee and will be based on application responses and the likelihood of a productive mentor/mentee match. Precedence will be given to first-time mentees applicants over those having participated previously in the program as a mentee.
  • Applications must be received by the posted deadline for consideration in a given mentorship group.
If there is a match between expertise sought and expertise available, our Mentorship Committee will create mentorship and will notify you.

Expected role-play of the ACSE Mentorship Program
The ACSE Mentorship program would provide an extensive learning opportunity for professionals new to the industry to identify their potential career path by expanding their knowledge of career options within the industry and learning several new experiences out of their workplace. For the purpose of joining this mentorship program, they will be able to learn as many editorial expertise as they want, accelerate their progress and finally expand and grow their professional network to move with confidence in the industry.

Mentorship Program Code of Conduct
The Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE) is committed to diversity, equity, and providing a safe and productive Mentorship Program that fosters open dialogue and the free expression of ideas, free of harassment, discrimination, and hostile conduct. ACSE treats all participants evenly by providing them opportunities regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical or mental ability, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation, or nationality. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, keeping relationships free of discrimination or harassment, maintaining professional and ethical conduct at all times during the mentorship relationship.

Participants shall not disclose, share, duplicate, or distribute each other’s personal information without consent. Requests for confidentiality shall be honored. Participants shall represent themselves honestly and disclose any potential conflicts of interest to their mentor/mentee. The exploitation of the relationship to seek an inappropriate advantage, financial or non-financial is strictly forbidden

The ACSE Mentorship Program is an outcome of learning from the significant working done by similar organizations and by some of our collaborators who have already established the Mentorship Program in their organizations. The organizations include:

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