African scientists launch their own preprint repository

« A group of open science advocates have launched the first preprint service aimed exclusively at African scientists. AfricArxiv seeks to improve the visibility of African science by helping academics share their work quickly (…)

The platform will be hosted on the Open Science Framework (OSF), a free, open-source software that allows researchers to connect and share their work. It will support preprints, postprints, code and data, and welcomes submissions from all African languages, including Akan, Twi, Swahili and Xhosa.

The idea for AfricArxiv was generated by tweets by attendants at the open science summit in Kumasi, Ghana in April 2018. Only three months later, AfricArxiv has a platform, a Facebook page, Twitter account, and a team of 12 scientists, who have volunteered their time to promote the service, and check whether the content submitted is appropriate. (…) »