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General information before submitting

Why should you publish on the AfricArxiv preprint repository?

Preprint manuscripts hosted on the AfricArxiv repository allow for free and quick dissemination and global discussion of research output before publishing in a peer reviewed journal.

All published articles will be granted a CC BY 4.0 license and a DOI (digital object identifier) as well as be indexed in Google Scholar. When re-using them, and especially when citing, the preprint status should be clearly marked.

AfricArxiv is not a journal and does not evaluate the scientific quality of a paper in all details; i.e. preprints are not formally peer-reviewed. Once a manuscript passes moderation and is published, it persists on the OSF system indefinitely. We reserve the right to remove papers after publication if fraud or plagiarism is identified.

We encourage community interaction through commenting and sharing of preprints.

Note that preprint publication does not replace publishing with peer-reviewed academic  journals. Use the SHERPA/RoMEO service to check journal preprint policies for further details on self-archiving options for the journal/s in which you plan to publish.

We encourage submissions from

  • African scientists based on the African continent
  • African scientists who are currently based at a host institute outside Africa
  • non-African scientists who report on research conducted on African territory; preferably with African co-authors listed
  • non-African scientists who report on research relevant to African affairs

AfricArxiv accepts the following types of manuscript – preprint or postprint:

  • Research articles
  • Review papers
  • Project proposals
  • Case studies
  • ‘negative’ results and ‘null’ results (i.e. results that do not support a hypothesis)
  • Data and methods papers
  • Technical notes
  • Dataset description papers
  • Translations of the above

Other manuscripts will be considered upon submission.

Add supplementary files and data

With each manuscript you can add supplementaries in any format with unlimited storage. Just click, and drag and drop or select files into each project. You also can integrate from other services like Figshare, Dropbox, or GitHub. See here for example

Published research articles

Go to and paste the DOI in the search mask; check if ‘Center for Open Science’ comes up among the accepted publisher platforms.

Most academic journals do accept preprint publications, some don’t. To find out more check RoMEO Statistics.

Annotating manuscripts with

AfricArxiv Preprints are integrated with Hypothesis, a third-party annotation tool that allows you to annotate preprints and provide feedback to the authors.

Once you set up a Hypothesis account, you can read, create, and reply to annotations and page notes through a simple interface directly over the preprint file itself. Readers will be able to make public annotations, private notes, or create collaboration groups.

More information at

Submit to AfricArXiv via OSF

Now that you have all the necessary information and the step-by-step guide go to and follow the instructions.

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