AfricArXiv, Eider Africa, TCC Africa, and PREreview have joined forces to bring together scientists from across Africa and scientists engaged in African-related research for a series of 3 virtual discussions and collaborative peer review.
Join dynamic discussions around current issues and barriers in scholarly peer review, as well as hands-on sessions in which everyone will collaborate to provide constructive feedback to a recent preprint.
In the first event, we introduced this partnership and what motivated us to organize this series. Throughout the series, together we worked on providing constructive feedback to three preprints that have been recently published by African-based research groups or touch on African-relevant content. We will also have the opportunity to reflect on barriers to participation in peer review rooted in colonialism, white supremacy culture, patriarchal systems which dominate scholarship today.
The events will was facilitated by our team and hosted on Zoom conference. Live caption via Otter.ai will be available.
We have facilitated translations into the following languages:
Arabic // French // English
Johanssen Obanda & Nabil Ksibi
Kenyan Sign Language:
N’kadziri Idd & Wangari Ngugi
For more information about the event please go to https://info.africarxiv.org/best-practice-and-innovative-approaches-to-peer-review/
Collaborative notes (licensed under CC-BY 4.0): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KQKuFIMh2U-bs7Rx9hwlG5uqyT8MN2bGEN882NiNAlA/
Preprint that was discussed (please cite as):
Mwangi, K., Mainye, B., Ouso, D., Kevin, E., Muraya, A., Kamonde, C., … Kibet, C. K. (2021, February 18). Open Science in Kenya: Where are we?. https://doi.org/10.31730/osf.io/mgkw3
>> on Youtube: https://youtu.be/92BN470_IeU
Collaborative notes (licensed under CC-BY 4.0): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_1cty8-0iVzdQjbP7oi3VfM_eNaRU8IRQBJ40SzV1mI/
Preprint that was discussed (please cite as)
Azouaghe, S., Adetula, A., Forscher, P. S., Basnight-Brown, D., Ouherrou, N., Charyate, A., & IJzerman, H. (2020). Psychology and open science in Africa: Why is it needed and how can we implement it? https://doi.org/10.31730/osf.io/ke7ub (French original)
English Translation: http://bit.ly/EnPre02
Arabic Translation: http://bit.ly/ArPre02
>> on Youtube: https://youtu.be/t3YvsrilFzI
Collaborative notes (licensed under CC-BY 4.0): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O8SwqyCiJwJrXCbU9mFICru-4RcYDVt6PanVEtC3-oc/
Preprint that was discussed (please cite as)
Athreya, S., & Ackermann, R. R. (2018, August 18). Colonialism and narratives of human origins in Asia and Africa. https://doi.org/10.31730/osf.io/jtkn2
French Translation: http://bit.ly/FrPreprint3
Arabic Translation: http://bit.ly/ArPreprint3
>> on Youtube: https://youtu.be/PNGPjBvfY0Y
Target audience: Postgraduates, Early Career Researchers, Mid–Senior level
🔶African scientists and scholars based on the African continent
🔶African scientists and scholars currently based at a host institute outside Africa
🔶Non-African scientists and scholars who conduct research on African territory
🔶Non-African scientists and scholars who conduct research relevant to African affairs
This three-part series aimed at achieving the following three main goals:
• 👐 Foster an open and inclusive approach to peer review on research manuscripts (preprints and post-prints) that centers kindness, constructive feedback, and promotes collaboration.
• 🌟 Highlight preprints authored by African scholars or covering African-relevant content and provide an opportunity for the authors to receive constructive feedback from the events’ participants.
• 💭 Create a safe space for reflection around issues of scholarly knowledge decolonization, biased academic environments, open scholarship tools and practices, and other topics that are relevant and may emerge during these dynamic group discussions.
For details, go to https://info.africarxiv.org/best-practice-and-innovative-approaches-to-peer-review/
AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research, working towards building an African-owned open scholarly repository; a knowledge commons of African scholarly works to catalyze the African Renaissance. We partner with established scholarly repository services to provide a platform for African scientists of any discipline to present their research findings and connect with other researchers on the African continent and globally. Find out more about AfricArXiv at https://info.africarxiv.org/
Eider Africa is an organisation that conducts research, co-designs and implements collaboratively, offline and online research mentorship programs for scholars in Africa. We train mentors to start their mentorship programs. We believe in peer to peer learning, learning research by practice, caring for the whole researcher and lifelong learning. We have grown a vibrant community of researchers in our research journal clubs and work with university lecturers to develop transformative inclusive research training. Our website: https://eiderafricaltd.org/
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. TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication. Find out more about TCC Africa at https://www.tcc-africa.org/
PREreview is an open project fiscally sponsored by the non-profit organization Code for Science and Society. Our mission is to bring more equity and transparency to the scholarly peer review process. We design and develop open source infrastructure to enable constructive feedback to preprints, we run peer review mentoring and training programs, and we partner with like-minded organizations to organize events providing opportunities for researchers to create meaningful collaborations and connections defeating cultural and geographical barriers. Learn more about PREreview at https://prereview.org.