TCC Africa and AfricArxiv collaboration leads to ASAPbio sprint award
Under the title Encouraging Preprint Curation and Review, ASAPbio has held a design sprint to increase exposure for new and existing ideas for encouraging preprint curation and review. The event was held in collaboration with Wellcome, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, DORA, EMBO Press, PLOS, and eLife.
TCC Africa in collaboration with AfricArXiv submitted a joint proposal on Building capacity for preprint peer review and curation in Africa. We are excited to share that we won two categories in this week's ASAPbio sprint:
Congratulations to all awardees of our #PreprintSprint! Best in show: Transforming Peer Review through Mentorship and Community Engagement, @PREreview_ Increasing representation: Building capacity for preprint peer review and curation in Africa, @tccafrica & @AfricArxiv— ASAPbio (@ASAPbio_) December 3, 2020
Competing and networking at the ASAPbio #PreprintSprint gave us an opportunity to share with the Global North what efforts are being made in supporting African researchers in the academic publishing process, thus paving way for strategic collaborations in peer review and preprint processes.
Joy Owango, Executive Director at TCC Africa and AfricArXiv Advisory Board member
We thank ASAPbio, their co-organizers, and the jury along with the participants for this award and the recognition. Also to all who voted and supported.
In Africa, only few stakeholders exist that have both the capacity and the pan-African scope to educate and build capacity about the opportunities and regionally applicable research publishing workflows that are available today. African researchers are often struggling with low salaries and high teaching demands, which is why it is difficult for them to serve as reviewers in assessing other researchers’ works. We therefore need to establish a culture and transparent and easy to follow workflow which is mutually beneficial not only for the recipient of a peer review, but also for the reviewer.
ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology) is a scientist-driven nonprofit working to address this problem by promoting innovation and transparency in life sciences communication.
The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya.