AfricArXiv's Digest: December 2020

In this issue we share our current developments with you, and ways that you can engage with us to build a robust research ecosystem in Africa. 

In today's newsletter we have: 
We foster language diversity, research integrity and transparency in African scholarly publishing and we are extending that to our communication. We therefore have three widely spoken languages in Africa for our newsletter and we are working to have it more and more inclusive and diverse over time.

TCC Africa & AfricArXiv win at ASAPbio sprint

Under the title Encouraging Preprint Curation and Review, ASAPbio has held a design sprint to increase exposure for new and existing ideas for encouraging preprint curation and review. The event was held in collaboration with Wellcome, the Chan Zuckerberg InitiativeHoward Hughes Medical InstituteDORAEMBO PressPLOS, and eLife.

TCC Africa in collaboration with AfricArXiv submitted a joint proposal on Building capacity for preprint peer review and curation in Africa. We are excited to share that we won two categories in this week’s ASAPbio sprint: 

  • Increasing representation
  • People’s Choice

We thank ASAPbio, their co-organizers, and the jury along with the participants for this award and the recognition. Also to all who voted and supported us, thank you!
Finally to all other awardees and presenters – congratulations! We look forward to collaborating with many of the initiatives presented. 


AfricArXiv's Roadmap

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research working towards building an Africa-owned open scholarly repository; a knowledge commons of African scholarly works. We are partnering with established scholarly repository services to provide a platform for African scientists of any discipline to present their research findings and connect with other researchers – on the African continent and globally.

It is our aim to promote discoverability of African research output according to
sfDORAFAIR principlesHelsinki Initiative on Multilingualism, and COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories

To contextualize the above to the African scholarly community we have postulated 10 African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication:

This document is accessible at

Feuille de route AfricArXiv

AfricArXiv est une archive numérique dirigée par la communauté pour la recherche africaine qui travaille à la construction d'un référentiel scientifique ouvert appartenant à l'Afrique; une connaissance commune des travaux savants africains. Nous travaillons en partenariat avec des services de référentiels savants établis pour fournir une plate-forme aux scientifiques africains de toute discipline pour présenter leurs résultats de recherche et se connecter avec d'autres chercheurs - sur le continent africain et dans le monde.

Notre objectif est de promouvoir la découvrabilité des résultats de la recherche africaine selon
sfDORA, principes FAIR, Initiative d'Helsinki sur le multilinguisme et cadre communautaire COAR pour les bonnes pratiques dans les référentiels

Pour contextualiser ce qui précède à la communauté scientifique africaine, nous avons postulé
10 principes africains pour le libre accès dans la communication savante:

Ce document a été publié et vous pouvez y accéder ici:


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AfricaArXiv أرشيف  رقمي بقيادة المجتمع للأبحاث الأفریقیة التي تعمل على بناء مستودع أكاديمي  مفتوح ملكاً لأفریقیا؛ مشاعات المعرفة للأعمال العلمیة الأفریقیة. نحن نتشارك مع خدمات المستودعات العلمیة الراسخة لتوفیر منصة للعلماء الأفارقة من أي تخصص لتقديم  نتائج أبحاثھم والتواصل مع الباحثين  الآخرين  - في القارة الأفریقیة وعلى مستوى العالم. 


هدفنا هو تعزيز قابلية اكتشاف مخرجات البحوث الأفريقية وفقاً ل sfDORA و مبادىء FAIR ومبادرة ھلسنكي حول تعدد  اللغات وإطار مبادئ مجتمع COAR للممارسات الجيدة الجیدة في المستودعات. 

لوضع ما ورد أعلاه في سیاق المجتمع الأكادیمي الأفریقي، افترضنا  10 مبادىء أفريقية للوصول المفتوح في الاتصال العلمي: 

يمكنك الوصول لهذا المستند من هنا:


Featured Interviews

  • Interview with Dr. Eduardo Oliveira of University of Louvain, Belgium >>Read
In this interview Dr. Eduardo Oliveira explores can governance of land systems and sustainability in land use frontiers, and the synergies and trade-offs between local-based land use challenges, and global interests for land.

COVID-19 Research in and about Africa

We present a collection of COVID-19 research articles dealing specifically with challenges and achievements on the African continent. The collection currently lists 455 articles. 

This is a collection of articles from various publishers and repositories that we curate in collaboration with ScienceOpen.
COVID-19 Research in Africa and about Africa
We present a collection of COVID-19 research articles dealing specifically with the challenges and achievements on the African continent. Now the list of 455 items.
This is a collection of articles from various publishers and repositories that we organize in collaboration with

أبحأبحاث COVID-19 في أفريقيا و حولها
نقدم مجموعة من المقالات البحثية حول COVID-19 و التي  تتناول على وجه التحديد التحديات و الإنجازات في القارة الأفريقية. تضم المجموعة حاليا 455 مقالة. نقوم بتنسيق هذه المجموعة من المقالات من مختلف الناشرين و المستودعات بالتعاون مع OpenScience


Featured Articles

Articles en vedette
مقالات مميزة


  • Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou. (2020). Epistemic Alienation in African Scholarly Communications: Open Access as a Pharmakon. In Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access (p. 438). US: MIT Press.
  • Ahmad Umar, Yusuf Suleiman Alhaji, & Abubakar Sani Malami. (2020, October 19). Genetic profiling and in vitro characterization of OTX1 functional role on bladder cancer stem cells. Zenodo.
  • Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou. (2020, October). Openness as a pathway to support SDGs : an exploration of science-society mediation spaces. Zenodo.



Open Science Framework>>

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Upcoming Events

  • The Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools [JROST]
Our theme for this year is **“Collaboration in Action”**, and will showcase the value and need for working together on open, shared solutions to further research and scholarship, especially in these trying times.

Date: December 14-16, 2020
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  • Pidapalooza 2021: A 24-Hour Nonstop (Virtual) PID Party
PIDapalooza is going online in 2021! We wish we could all be together in person for the fifth (!) festival of persistent identifiers, but we’re excited to bring the world’s largest—and longest—virtual PID party directly to your desk, your couch, your balcony—really, anywhere there’s a strong WiFi signal.

Date: January 27, 2021
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  • The NISO Plus Conference

The NISO Plus conference is a continuation of the NFAIS Annual Conference, but in a new and exciting form. We are taking the 60+ year history of the NFAIS Annual conference and expanding it to contain even more of the information professions. We want the NISO Plus Conference to be a place where publishers, vendors, librarians, archivists, product managers, metadata specialists, electronic resource managers, and much more come together to both solve existing problems and more importantly have conversations that prevent future problems from ever occurring. Please contact us with any questions or concerns

Date: February 22-25, 2021
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Chatbot Africa & Conversational AI Summit is a two days virtual conference and exhibition designed to host industry executives, and adopters of Conversational AI, Chatbots, speech or voice technology, UX design , NLP & Virtual Assistant . The summit will reflect the latest tendencies and recent application changes in the Conversational AI space in the Africa market.

Date: March 4-5, 2021
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La feuille de route commune pour les outils de science ouverte [JROST]
Notre thème pour cette année est ** «Collaboration en action» **, et montrera la valeur et la nécessité de travailler ensemble sur des solutions ouvertes et partagées pour approfondir la recherche et l'érudition, en particulier en ces temps difficiles.

Date: 14-16 décembre 2020
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Pidapalooza 2021: Une soirée PID (virtuelle) sans escale de 24 heures

PIDapalooza sera mis en ligne en 2021! Nous souhaitons que nous puissions tous être ensemble en personne pour le cinquième (!) Festival des identifiants persistants, mais nous sommes ravis de présenter la plus grande et la plus longue soirée PID virtuelle au monde directement à votre bureau, votre canapé, votre balcon - vraiment, partout où il y a un signal WiFi puissant.

Date: 27 janvier 2021
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La conférence NISO Plus
La conférence NISO Plus est une continuation de la conférence annuelle NFAIS, mais sous une forme nouvelle et passionnante. Nous prenons les 60 ans d'histoire de la conférence annuelle NFAIS et l'élargissons pour inclure encore plus de professions de l'information. Nous voulons que la conférence NISO Plus soit un lieu où les éditeurs, les fournisseurs, les bibliothécaires, les archivistes, les chefs de produit, les spécialistes des métadonnées, les gestionnaires de ressources électroniques et bien plus encore se réunissent pour résoudre les problèmes existants et, plus important encore, avoir des conversations qui empêchent de futurs problèmes. se produisant. Veuillez nous contacter pour toute question ou préoccupation

Date: 22-25 février 2021
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Chatbot Africa & Conversational AI Summit est une conférence virtuelle et une exposition de deux jours conçue pour accueillir les dirigeants de l'industrie et les adoptants de l'IA conversationnelle, des chatbots, de la technologie vocale ou vocale, de la conception UX, de la PNL et de l'assistant virtuel. Le sommet reflétera les dernières tendances et les récents changements d'application dans l'espace de l'IA conversationnelle sur le marché africain.

Date: 4-5 mars 2021
Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.
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  • As a first time OSF user, create an OSF account or sign in with your ORCID identifier.    
  • To upload a manuscript, simply drag and drop the file from your desktop, and then click save to begin the upload.
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  • If you are sharing an article version that has been previously published, please add the article DOI to link them through. You can add any article keywords, the date of publication, and the abstract.

  • To add co-authors, please check to see if they are registered OSF users; otherwise, add them by email.
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  • Submit your paper. Submissions will undergo a moderation for quality check and compliance with our checklist and published online within 3 to 5 working days.
  • To edit one of your accepted preprints, you can update the DOI entry with a newer version of the article manuscript via your OSF account. Find more information on how to do that at

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To submit a preprint manuscript via ScienceOpen, you need to have a verified ORCID digital identifier. You can find more information and register at

Please read our guidelines before you submit, ensure that you comply with the checklist and provide all necessary information in your manuscript.

Please also include in your manuscript a short translation of your summary in a traditional African language. For more information on language diversity in Science go to

A member of the AfricArXiv team will check the submission for formal criteria as outlined in ‘manuscript checklist’.

Upon approval of your manuscript, it will be posted online to the ScienceOpen Collection AfricArXiv Preprints with a Crossref DOI and CC BY 4.0 attribution license.
You can now invite other researchers in your field to write an Open Peer Review report.

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