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 to catalyze the African Renaissance. 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. 

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We promote the discoverability of African research outcome by working in accordance with the following principles and organisations:

African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication

FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship can be   accessed here

CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication

COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories

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News about Open Access in Africa

Fostering Multilingualism in African Scholarship Through Digital Tools

There are several initiatives to foster African languages in schools and also universities such as African languages studies, natural language processing, and translations among others. Here is Chido Dzinotyiwei who is making it easier to learn indigenous African languages through her initiative, Vambo academy. Chido is a Master of Commerce student at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). 

African Perspectives On Peer Review: A Roundtable Discussion

AfricArXiv, Eider Africa, TCC Africa, and PREreview are pleased to host a 60-minute long roundtable discussion, bringing African perspectives to the global conversation around this years’ Peer Review Week’s theme, “Identity in Peer Review”. Together with a multidisciplinary panel of African editors, reviewers and early-career researchers, we will explore the shifting identities of researchers in the African continent, from the dominant perspective that sees them as consumers of knowledge produced in other contexts to researchers who are actively engaged in scholarly peer review. We will strive to create a safe space for reflection around issues of scholarly knowledge decolonization, bias in peer review, and open transformative peer review practices.

African languages to get more bespoke scientific terms

Decolonise Science will employ translators to work on papers from AfricArXiv for which the first author is African, says principal investigator Jade Abbott, a machine-learning specialist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Words that do not have an equivalent in the target language will be flagged so that terminology specialists and science communicators can develop new terms. “It is not like translating a book, where the words might exist,” Abbott says. “This is a terminology-creating exercise.”

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AfricArXiv preprints on OSF

AfricArXiv preprints on OSF

Preprint manuscripts that were published on AfricArXiv via the Open Science Framework (OSF).

Digital Research Repositories

Digital Research Repositories

List of repositories within the African continent.

African Journals Online

African Journals Online

Online library of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

AAS Open Research

AAS Open Research

A platform for rapid publication and open peer review for researchers.

'Africa' Open Knowledge Map

'Africa' Open Knowledge Map

Contextualised search results based on metadata and keywords and tagged with 'Africa'.

Africa-specific BASE results

Africa-specific BASE results

A voluminous search engine especially for academic web resources.