May 19, 2022

The Center for Open Science and AfricArXiv Launch Preprint Service

From the COS in Charlottesville, VA:

2018-06-25_11-21-40AfricArXiv (African Science Archive) is a new and free open access repository on #ScienceinAfrica for African scientists to share their research outputs in all scientific fields, including but not limited to agriculture, biology, physics, chemistry, education, health sciences, social sciences, environmental sciences, and engineering.

The idea was raised during the first African Open Science Hardware Summit (AfricaOSH) in Kumasi, Ghana, when a large group of African and other international scientists discussed the aspects of Open Science Hardware in the African context. The necessity for a general repository on Open Science for Africans came up, was tweeted about and responed to by COS’s Executive Director Brian Nosek with the suggestion for a preprint repository for Africa as one part of such platform:

AfricArXiv will be a hybrid and original publishing system that combines the speed advantages of a preprint server and the quality benefits of moderation. Ideally, manuscripts published on AfricArXiv can lead to greater reliability of scientific knowledge in and from Africa by providing greater quality and transparency, increasing the accessibility of findings, and increasing the speed of sharing scientific knowledge.

Learn More, Read the Complete Launch Announcement

Direct to @AfricArxiv on Twitter

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.