AfricArXiv's Digest

Welcome to our latest newsletter and we hope we have helped to keep you updated on our latest news, provide you with vital scholarly communication tips, and share with you open access articles submitted to AfricArXiv. In this issue we introduce you to preprints and their significance for Africa scholarly community.

What are preprints?

In academic publishing, a preprint is a version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal. The preprint may be available, often as a non-typeset version available free, before and/or after a paper is published in a journal.

The globally established workflow for sharing scholarly results is via journal publishing. In Africa, many journals are published in print only, thereby articles published here will not be discoverable. 

African researchers face a high rejection rate for submissions to international (western) journals, for various reasons including regional bias or grammar and formatting issues. Other barriers are APC’s and access to western scholarly databases for literature review.

Preprints are the author’s final version of a manuscript and can be shared online free of charge. If shared on an independent specialized scholarly repository, like one of those integrated with AfricArXiv, accepted manuscripts will be licensed (usually with CC-BY),  assigned with a d.o.i. and indexed in a scholarly digital database — thereby establishing priority of discovery for the author and making the work citable and at the same time discoverable. This form of archiving is known as Green Open Access.

AfricArXiv also welcomes the submission of postprints — the manuscript version of an article after peer review and before typesetting and formatting. Many journals charge a fee to access the final, formatted version of a research article. By sharing the reviewed version of the paper on AfricArXiv, scholars ensure that their work can be accessed free of charge. 

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Open Science Framework

  • Bohlius, J., Bartels, L., Chammartin, F., Olago, V., Spoerri, A., Rohner, E., … Muchengeti, M. (2021, March 12). Privacy preserving-probabilistic record linkage to assess cancer outcomes in people living with HIV in South Africa. 
  • Kohnert, D. (2020, October 27). BTI - 2022 Togo Country Report : political and socio-economic development, 2019-2020 [enhanced author's version].



  • Carlos Rodriguez. (2020). African or African American? That is the question. The Duffy antigen and the Chemokine Storm in Covid-19. Qeios. doi:10.32388/ADIHQ5.2. 
  • Carlos Rodriguez. (2020). Record-breaker African Dust hits the Gulf Coast during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Qeios. doi:10.32388/8GFXCT. 

About AfricArXiv 

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