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 a platform and a network for their career development, education, and resources for best practices. 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 and professional relationship-building. However, for a long term learning and a more structured approach towards their career development, we now offer our members to enroll in our newly launched Mentorship Program that offers them the opportunity to refine their art of editing in a one-on-one working relationship with an expert member of 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 career by serving as mentors. The program aims to connect members of ACSE for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is a method of offering professional development opportunities in a "community of sharing." It is a process in which an experienced individual helps another person develop his or her 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 important features of mentorship. Most successful people have been mentored, whether they realize it or not. Mentoring, whether formal or informal, goes beyond what you can learn from courses and books. It is one of the best ways to acquire the confidence, positive attitudes, and ethical viewpoints that you need to thrive in your career. This interactive relationship often benefits the mentor as much as the mentee.

How can Mentorship Help Publishing Professionals:
Mentorship can help the publishing professionals 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 shape the future leaders of scholarly communications through 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
  • Gives them an opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices
  • Extends their knowledge and expertise
  • Develops their personal leadership, communication, and coaching styles
  • Exposes them to new perspectives, ideas, and approaches
  • Expands their professional network

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

Personal satisfaction
  • Enhances their self-worth through the sharing of knowledge
  • Brings a sense of fulfilment from giving back to the council and the editing 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
  • Instils 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
  • Four-month duration, with the possibility of extension to a maximum of six months
  • Meeting schedule and number of hours agreed by mentor and mentee; typically, 20 to 30 hours over the four months
  • Learner-driven and responsive to the mentees' specific needs and preferences
  • Feedback will be done by ACSE after 4 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 qualify 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 3 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. Selection for participation will be determined by the committee and will be based on application responses and 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 you are interested to join ACSE Mentorship Program as a Mentor, please click here.
If you are interested to join ACSE Mentorship Program as a Mentee, please click here.

If there is a match between expertise sought and expertise available, our Mentorship Committee will create a mentorship and will notify you.

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 promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical or mental ability, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, 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. 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 Mentorship Program in their organizations. The organizations includes

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