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About AfricArXiv

AfricArXiv is a free, open source and community-led digital archive for African research. We provide a non-profit platform for African scietists to upload their working papers, pre-prints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers. We also provide options to link data and code, and for article versioning. AfricArXiv is dedicated to speeding and opening up research and collaboration among African scientists and helping to build the future of scholarly communication.


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About preprints

‘A preprint is a complete manuscript shared with a public audience without peer review. Often, preprints are also submitted for peer review and publication in a traditional scholarly journal. Preprints uploaded to OSF Preprints or a community preprint server accelerate scholarly communication and public access.’

2020 plans

Developing an African preprint & research discovery portal for scholarly communication

  • owned by the African Science community
  • hosted on African territory
  • open source
  • open access
  • free for users


African research output should be owned and hosted on African territory. We therefore propose here an African repository for preprint uploads as well as the aggregation of African research output including:

  • scholarly books
  • journal articles
  • List of digital African scholarly journals

The portal will be hosted by African research institutions in each of the 5 regions on the continent. To achieve this we will build a decentralized infrastructure with the following features:

  • Core database hosted on a server at an African institution
  • Mirror backup of the database to servers in all African regions (EastA, WestA, NorthA, CentralA) and a Cloud
  • Ensuring African ownership of African research output
  • possibly incl. blockchain components (?)

2-fold aproach for maximum discoverabilty

preprint repository hub and search portal
as described here  …/AfricArxiv/hub-and-search-portal
upload of preprint manuscripts, student reports, research proposals, registered reports/preregistrations, short communications, etc. aggregating scholarly output from and about Africa via one interface inlc preprints form toher platforms, scholarly books, datasets for streamlined discoverability
based on PKP OPS (?) via API of partner platforms
DOI and CC-BY 4.0 attribution  …
integration with Crossref, ORCID, …

data management

We propose the same approach of establishing a decentralized, Africa-owned data management infrastructure and are seeking collaboration with:

Expenses & cost coverage

  • cloud server space
  • third party integration service fees
  • running server costs: costs for data upload and maintenance by third parties
  • internal HR overhead - tech dev & maintenance

partner institutions on the continent

Required features

  • login (via email / affiliation / ORCID / Github / …)

  • document upload

  • document versioning with time stamp and archiving of all versions under one doi

  • licensing (CC-BY 4.0 and others to choose from incl. all commonly used academic licenses, i.e. MIT, GNU, CC-BY-…, …)

  • Indexing via Google Scholar, OpenAIR, PubMed, …

  • entry mask to add authors, affiliations, tags, keywords, title, abstract, lay summary

  • interoperability with other existing repositories

  • Discipline (categories) and keywords search


  • languages commonly spoken on the continet
  • machine translations with options/overlay interface to manually improve the text online (see // GoogleTranspate API
  • Language switch // editable by the users and admin



Ready for blockchain?

we are aware of techniological progress made on the blockchain in scholarly communication ans processing. Below are a few examples of blockchain features and service providers that we will investigate for collaboration and implementartion in the foreseeable future.

? Blockchain for Science

Adding blockchain components e.g. for publishing steps to ensure an affordable, efficient, decentralized infrastructure

collaborative drug development

Publishing & Peer Review


Current services and maintenance of our Website








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