Dear scientists and librarians,
We are very happy to announce that the first Africa-wide preprint repository - AfricArxiv - is now live at https://osf.io/preprints/africarxiv and open for submissions. The official launch and announcement will be on June 25, 2018.
Justin Ahinon (based in Parakou, Bénin) and Jo Havemann (based in Berlin, Germany and often in Nairobi, Kenya and elsewhere in Africa) are the founders of AfricArxiv. The idea came up via Twitter as we were participating at the Africa Open Science Hardware summit (AfricaOSH) in Kumasi, Ghana earlier this year.
We decided to run AfricArxiv on OSF because they host preprint repositories free of charge and for now more than 20 science communities, such as AgriXiv, EarthArXiv, Arabixiv.The OSF repositories integrate with each other and thus searches through the OSF platform give most possible visibility to the articles published there. You can search more than 2 Mio preprints: https://osf.io/preprints/discover. The uploads are allocated with a d.o.i. (digital object identifier) and can be cited in peer reviewed journals.
Read our Submission Guidelines (open to further suggestions).
We are looking forward to working with you and receiving your submissions.
Jo & Justin
Facebook page: https://twitter.com/AfricArxiv
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2086300134943062/