About 2000 local languages are spoken in Africa. Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya are investing in the promotion and enhancement of vernacular languages. Such potential for information dissemination remains untapped by the scientific research community in Africa for the time being. We think that more people might be more inclined to share knowledge if they had the opportunity to do so in their mother tongues.

Summary in English and French

Please provide a brief summary in French/English along with the preprint to bridge language gaps between francophone and anglophone Africa.

The translation can be automated by using Google Translate or DeepL – in that case please add a note, such as “Translated with Google Translate / DeepL”.

Local languages

AfricArxiv can be used for project management in a local language (with comments collected) for the manuscript to be submitted in a field specialized repository in English.

We encourage submissions in languages that are commonly used by the scientific community in the respective country, such as English, French, Swahili, Zulu, Afrikaans, Igbo, Akan, or other native African languages. Manuscripts submitted in non-English languages will be held in the moderation queue until we can get them verified. We herewith encourage you to suggest people who could assist in moderating in your language.

Translations of manuscripts

Before you start contact the authors of the original article for their prior and informed consent.

The main title should be the translated title; indicating that this is a translation of an existing manuscript (e.g. [SW > EN] followed by the translated title for translation from Swahili to English). Add the original language title as a subtitle to make the translation discoverable. A link to the original language document with a clear statement of the translation must be included on the first page.

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In case of published articles, check if the article has a license that excludes publications of “derivative” works (e.g. CC-ND). Those cannot be translated, unless you ask the authors to change the license.

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