Increasing discoverability of African research output

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research, working towards building an African-owned open scholarly repository; a knowledge commons of African scholarly works. We partner with established scholarly repository services to provide a platform for African scientists of any discipline to present their research findings and connect with other researchers on the African continent and globally.

AfricArXiv is a free community-led digital archive for African research. We provide a platform for African scientists to upload their working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also provide options to link data and code, and for article versioning. AfricArXiv is dedicated to speeding and opening up research and collaboration among African scientists and helping to build the future of scholarly communication.

Vision 

A decentrally managed pan-African open Access platform that serves as a credible, reliable and viable multidisciplinary archive of research works from and about Africa. The contents of AfricArXiv are accessible and interoperable across platforms within and beyond  the African continent, while they are  owned, hosted and curated by the African scholarly institutions on the continent.

For details, go to https://github.com/AfricArxiv/preprint-repository.

Mission

Establishing an independent and open research repository and interoperable source of contributions for and from researchers as well as innovators working on pan-African advancement with the goal to increase discoverability of African researchers’ output and for all scientists who work in an African context.

Objectives

  • Make text, data and information on online digital scholarly platforms searchable and discoverable 
  • Showcase African research output
  • Promote submissions to African journals
  • Disseminate African knowledge and expertise
  • Enable research exchange on  the continent
  • Foster cross-continental collaboration
  • Highlight research of local and regional relevance
  • Fill the gaps where institutional repository systems are missing
  • Work towards interoperability between text and data repositories  
  • Transfer knowledge accumulated by Africans in the diaspora back to the continent

Target groups

  • Early- and mid-career researchers, for reputation-building by archiving theses, dissertations, student reports, datasets, research contributions, etc.
  • Senior-level researchers to provide open access (OA) to their work
  • Data creators to link datasets to the African research environment
  • Librarians to assess and define how best to guide African researchers in the scholarly communication workflow (discipline- and region-specific)
  • Conference, webinar and course organisers to collate conference outputs
  • Policymakers and governmental institutions to support decision making and publication of documentation relevant to African affairs
  • Non-governmental organisations working on African affairs to provide open access to their reports

Why do we need a scholarly repository for Africa?

  • Make African research visible and discoverable globally
  • Increase collaboration across continents
  • Disseminate research results in African languages
  • Trigger interdisciplinary research

We encourage submissions from 

  • African scientists and scholars based on the African continent 
  • African scientists and scholars currently based at a host institute outside Africa
  • non-African scientists who report on research conducted on African territory
  • non-African scientists who report on research relevant to African affairs
  • non-scientists and non-scholars who work at governmental, for-profit and non-profit institutions to submit their reports and datasets in compliance with scholarly standards, to allow for cross-sectoral knowledge exchange

We accept the following file types 

  • Text documents (preprints, postprints, VoR):
    • Research article and review manuscripts 
    • Project proposals
    • Preregistrations
    • Student reports
    • ‘Negative’ results and ‘null’ results (i.e. results that do not support a hypothesis)
    • Theses
  • Datasets, scripts and code
  • Presentation slide decks
  • Posters & infographics
  • Audio-visual content, e.g.: 
    • Webinar recordings
    • Video and audio files from interviews 
  • Non-academic works from institutions that work at the intersection with academia:
    • Annual organisational and business reports 
    • Policy statements and recommendations
    • Guidelines and infographics

Media coverage

Press Release: The Center for Open Science and AfricArXiv Launch Branded Preprint Service

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