We happily celebrated the 2nd anniversary of AfricArXiv in June 2020. AfricArXiv turned two years old of serving as a preprint repository for research work on African topics by African and non-African researchers. It was launched in June 2018 with the aim of promoting and supporting open science and open publishing in Africa to foster research collaboration among African scientists, encourage global collaborations and enhance the visibility of African research output.
“AfricArxiv turned two years old on June 25th. It was on this date in 2018 that we published the press release launching the initiative (https://www.cos.io/about/news/center-open-science-and-africarxiv-launch-branded-preprint-service).
These two years have been a wonderful adventure, and I am happy to see all that has been accomplished so far.
I really want to say thank you to everyone who has supported the initiative in any way since the beginning.
And to congratulate the wonderful team that has made this possible. Those who were there from the start, those who were there at the start and are no longer there, those who joined the team later. Thank you all so much!
There are still many challenges to democratize and spread open publishing and open science in Africa, and I am convinced that AfricArxiv will play a crucial role in this regard.
Happy second anniversary AfricArxiv”
– Justin Sègbédji Ahinon, Co-founder AfricArXiv