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AfricArXiv Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication

Published onMar 10, 2019
AfricArXiv Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication
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We declare to adhere to the following Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication in and about Africa:

1) Academic Research and knowledge from and about Africa should be freely available to all who wish to access, use or reuse it while at the same time being protected from misuse and misappropriation.

2) Researchers in Africa and researchers working on African topics will make their research achievements including underlying datasets available in a open access repository or journal and an explicit open access license is applied.

3) African research output should be made available in the principle common languages of the global science community. A summary can be shared in one or more other language, including local African languages.

4) Consult with indigenous and traditional knowledge holders and communities where applicable.

5) Respect the diverse dynamics of knowledge generation and circulation by discipline and geographical area.

6) It is necessary to recognize, respect, and acknowledge the regional diversity of African scientific journals, institutional repositories, and academic systems.

7) African Open Access policies and initiatives should promote Open Scholarship, Open Source and Open Standards for interoperability purposes.

8) Multi-stakeholder mechanisms for collaboration and cooperation should be established to ensure equal participation across the African continent.

9) Institutions and governments in Africa should provide an enabling environment, infrastructure and capacity building required to support Open Access.

10) African Open Access stakeholders and actors commit to engage with representatives from all world regions.


The African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication are based on the following principles and guidelines:

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