The Center for Open Science and AfricArXiv Launch Preprint Service
From the COS in Charlottesville, VA:
AfricArXiv (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: https://twitter.com/AwareAwuah/status/985171790438813697
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.