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Many less-experienced HIV researchers from resource-limited settings are not familiar with the practices of writing up and publishing research for competitive international conferences or journals. Yet, there is an increasing need for research and its dissemination by early-career practitioner-researchers on the front line producing knowledge from practice if there is to be continuous improvement in scaling-up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in particular, and research capacity building. This paper reports on an online abstract mentoring programme conducted by the International AIDS Society aimed at less-experienced researchers, prior to the AIDS 2008 and IAS 2009 conferences. It explores how such online mentoring can not only build skills, but also enhance the induction of novices by mentors into the literacy practices of a global learning community. I will provide a demo. of the system (www.ias2009.org/mentor) and report on the results from the evaluation, as well as how such online mentoring can be scaled-up thanks to Web 2.0 technologies redressing the balance of access to desirable literacy practices.