The Center for Open Science hosts AfricArxiv through the Open Science Framework Preprints server OSF Preprints.

Submission process

Make sure you have read and understood everything on our ‘Before you submit‘ page. If in doubt, just send us an e-mail to Additionally you may want to read through…/How-to-Prepare-Your-Preprint

Once your manuscript is ready for submission go to the OSF AfricArxiv submission portal.

  • As a first time OSF user, create an OSF account or sign in with your ORCID identifier.    
  • To upload a manuscript, simply drag and drop the file from your desktop, and then click save to begin the upload.
  • Select any relevant disciplines and add as many as you feel are necessary.

If you are sharing an article version that has been previously published, please add the article DOI to link them through. You can add any article keywords, the date of publication, and the abstract.

  • To add co-authors, please check to see if they are registered OSF users; otherwise, add them by email.

Please make sure that all co-authors are aware of, and have agreed to, submission. They will be notified upon submission of the preprint.

  • Submit your paper. Submissions will undergo a moderation for quality check and compliance with our checklist and published online within 3 to 5 working days.

To edit one of your accepted preprints, you can update the DOI entry with a newer version of the article manuscript via your OSF account. Find more information on how to do that at

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[Webinar] Introducing AfricArXiv

Oct 2018 – This webinar introduces AfricArXiv, a new free preprint service for African Scientists. Participants see how to submit their own research for inclusion in the AfricArXiv collection as well as some of the advantages that doing so can bring in terms of wider sharing of knowledge and an increased opportunity to build collaborations in and outside of Africa.

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