AfricArXiv is a free community-led digital archive for African research. We provide a platform for African scientists to upload their working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also provide options to link data and code, and for article versioning. AfricArXiv is dedicated to speeding and opening up research and collaboration among African scientists and helping to build the future of scholarly communication.
Scholarly publishing in its increasingly digital and open form (Open Access) provides new opportunities for the dissemination of African scholarly content: 1) to a global audience, and 2) allows for knowledge exchange between African scholars and non-African researchers of African studies and other disciplines.
The interactive map below shows how AfricArXiv is currently set up with its affiliated repositories and governing institutions:
AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research operated by ‘Access 2 Perspectives’, based in Germany, VAT-ID DE286577286, and with institutional affiliation per collaboration agreement with UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, Golden Peacock House, P.O. Box 2550, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Present: Ebuka Ezeike, Keletso Masisi, Ayanda Mdisane, Arthur Mwang'onda, Umar Ahmad, and Jo Havemann (co-founder)
Past: Johanssen Obanda, Aloysious Tumusiime, Carine Nguemeni, Fayza Mahmoud, Hisham Arafat, Justin Segbedji Ahinon (co-founder), Maxine Schaefer, Kevina Zeni, Luke Okelo, Mahmoud M. Ibrahim, Michael Cary, Nada Fath, Nicholas Outa, Obasegun Ayodele, Ohia Dorathy, Olabode Omotoso, Osman Aldirdiri, Sara El-Gebali, Niklas Zimmer
Ahmed Ogunlaja, Joy Owango, Joyce Achampong, Louise Bezuidenhout, Mahmoud Bukar Maina, Nabil Ksibi
A decentrally managed pan-African open Access platform that serves as a credible, reliable, and viable multidisciplinary archive of research works from and about Africa. The contents of AfricArXiv are accessible and interoperable across platforms within and beyond the African continent, while they are owned, hosted, and curated by the African scholarly institutions on the continent.
For details, go to https://github.com/AfricArxiv/preprint-repository.
Establishing an independent and open research repository and interoperable source of contributions for and from researchers as well as innovators working on pan-African advancement with the goal to increase the discoverability of African researchers’ output and for all scientists who work in an African context.
Make text, data, and information on online digital scholarly platforms searchable and discoverable
Showcase African research output
Promote submissions to African journals
Disseminate African knowledge and expertise
Enable research exchange on the continent
Foster cross-continental collaboration
Highlight research of local and regional relevance
Fill the gaps where institutional repository systems are missing
Work towards interoperability between text and data repositories
Transfer knowledge accumulated by Africans in the diaspora back to the continent
Early- and mid-career researchers, for reputation-building by archiving theses, dissertations, student reports, datasets, research contributions, etc.
Senior-level researchers to provide open access (OA) to their work
Data creators to link datasets to the African research environment
Librarians to assess and define how best to guide African researchers in the scholarly communication workflow (discipline- and region-specific)
Conference, webinar and course organisers to collate conference outputs
Policymakers and governmental institutions to support decision making and publication of documentation relevant to African affairs
Non-governmental organisations working on African affairs to provide open access to their reports
Make African research visible and discoverable globally
Increase collaboration across continents
Disseminate research results in African languages
Trigger interdisciplinary research
African scientists and scholars based on the African continent
African scientists and scholars currently based at a host institute outside Africa
non-African scientists who report on research conducted on African territory
non-African scientists who report on research relevant to African affairs
non-scientists and non-scholars who work at governmental, for-profit and non-profit institutions to submit their reports and datasets in compliance with scholarly standards, to allow for cross-sectoral knowledge exchange
Text documents (preprints, postprints, VoR):
Research article and review manuscripts
‘Negative’ results and ‘null’ results (i.e. results that do not support a hypothesis)
Datasets, scripts and code
Presentation slide decks
Posters & infographics
Audio-visual content, e.g.:
Video and audio files from interviews
Non-academic works from institutions that work at the intersection with academia:
Annual organisational and business reports
Policy statements and recommendations
Guidelines and infographics
[ English ]
African scientists launch their own preprint, Nature Index (June 25, 2018)
A research platform for African scientists will take papers in local languages, QUARTZ Africa (June 27, 2018)
Africa’s preprint platform: a gateway for mother tongue science, Research Africa (June 28, 2018)
Africa’s preprint platform: a gateway for mother tongue science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Africa (June 29, 2018)
Guest post: Introducing AfricArxiv – a preprint repository for African researchers, AuthorAID (Aug 24, 2018)
[ French ]
AfricArxiv: la plateforme qui veut partager la science en langues africaines, AfroTribune (June 27, 2018)
La plateforme des chercheurs africains pour donner plus de visibilité à leurs travaux, Courrier International (June 27, 2018)