AfricArXiv's monthly digest: October/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. 

Inside our 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.

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 principles and Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism

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

This document has been published and you can access it here:

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 et Initiative d'Helsinki sur le multilinguisme

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: africarxiv / 56p3e /

This document has been published and you can access it here: africarxiv / 56p3e /

خارطة طريق AfricArXiv

AfricaArXiv هو أرشيف رقمي بقيادة المجتمع للأبحاث الأفريقية التي تعمل على بناء مستودع أكاديمي مفتوح مملوك لأفريقيا ؛ مشاعات المعرفة للأعمال العلمية الأفريقية. نحن نتشارك مع خدمات المستودعات العلمية الراسخة لتوفير منصة للعلماء الأفارقة من أي تخصص لتقديم نتائج أبحاثهم والتواصل مع الباحثين الآخرين - في القارة الأفريقية وعلى مستوى العالم.

هدفنا هو تعزيز قابلية اكتشاف مخرجات البحوث الأفريقية وفقًا لـ
sfDORA ومبادئ FAIR ومبادرة هلسنكي حول التعددية اللغوية

لوضع ما ورد أعلاه في سياق المجتمع الأكاديمي الأفريقي الذي افترضناه
10 مبادئ أفريقية للوصول المفتوح في الاتصال العلمي:

تم نشر هذا المستند ويمكنك الوصول إليه هنا:

Featured Interviews

  • Interview with Olabode Omotoso of the National Cancer Prevention Programme, Nigeria >>Read
Read through Mr. Olabode’s engaging responses on the impact of life expectancy and SARS-Cov-2 genomic variation on COVID-19 transmission and fatality in Africa.
  • Interview with Ömer Özak of Southern Methodist University (SMU) >>Read
In this interview Dr. Ömer explores this important subject and explains their work on the role of borders and conflict as one of the main problems in Africa.

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 354 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 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 354 items.
This is a collection of articles from various publishers and repositories that we organize in collaboration with

أبحاث Covid-19 و حولها أفريقيا في

نقدم مجموعة من المقالات البحثية حول Covid-19 و التي تتناول على وجه التقديت التحدية من المقالات البحثية حول Covid-19 التي تتناول على وجه و التقديت الاتددي وجه التقديد التحدية تضم المجموعة حاليا 354 مقالة.
نقوم بتنسيق هذه المجموعة من المقالات من مختلف الناشرين و المستودعات بالتعاون مع OpenScience

Featured Articles

Articles en vedette
مقالات مميزة


  • Obanda, Johanssen. (2020, October). Breaking the Wall of Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge. Zenodo.
  • Houcemeddine Turki. (2020, September). Wikidata and COVID-19: Creating a collaborative knowledge graph from CORD-19 scholarly publications. Zenodo.
  • Houcemeddine Turki, Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb, Thomas Shafee, Tiago Lubiana, Dariusz Jemielniak, Mohamed Ben Aouicha, … Daniel Mietchen. (2020, September 14). Representing COVID-19 information in collaborative knowledge graphs: a study of Wikidata. Zenodo.


Open Science Framework>>




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How to Submit 


Make sure you have read and understood everything on our ‘Before you submit‘ page. If in doubt, just send us an e-mail to

Once your manuscript is ready for submission go to the OSF AfricArxiv submission portal.

  • 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.
  • Select any relevant disciplines and add as many as you feel are necessary.
  • 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.
  • Please make sure that all co-authors are aware of, and have agreed to, submission. They will be notified upon submission of the preprint.

  • 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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Via ScienceOpen

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.

In case of any questions please email us at

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  • Click the green ‘New upload’ button to upload straight to this community.
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  • One of our AfricArXiv community curators are notified and will either accept or reject your upload (see accepted types and formats).
  • If your upload is rejected by the curator, it will still be available on Zenodo, just not in this community.
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