AfricArXiv - the African preprint repository

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AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. We provide a non-profit platform to upload working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), presentations, data sets to any of our partner services.

Today's Balance
€1,529.05
Estimated Annual Budget
€5,576

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AfricArXiv on OSF hosting & maintencance

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Preprint Peer Review and Curation

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Eider Africa JOURNAL CLUB

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AfricArXiv & ScienceOpen partnership

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

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Hugues Abriel

170 EUR since Aug 2020

2
Rickard Carlsson

100 EUR since Feb 2020

3
Neil Lewis, Jr.

100 EUR since Aug 2020

4
Ignazio Ziano

100 EUR since Aug 2020

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Moin Syed

100 EUR since Aug 2020

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Incognito

100 EUR since Aug 2020

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Incognito

100 EUR since Aug 2020

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Nadia Sam-Agudu

100 EUR since Feb 2021

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Brian Nosek

100 EUR since Feb 2021

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Incognito

50 EUR since Feb 2020

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Wolfram Seidler

50 EUR since Aug 2020

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Nora Schmidt

50 EUR since Aug 2020

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Stefan Skupien

50 EUR since Aug 2020

14
amcasari

50 EUR since Feb 2021

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Heather Piwowar

50 EUR since Feb 2021

Organizations

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Access 2 Perspectives (Host)

2k EUR since Jan 2020

2
ASAPbio

1k EUR since Dec 2020

3
Liberate Science GmbH

598 EUR since Mar 2021

4
University of Bern

298 EUR since Mar 2020

AfricArXiv - the African preprint repository is all of us

Our contributors 56

Thank you for supporting AfricArXiv - the African preprint repository.

Osman Aldirdiri

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Johanssen Obanda

Admin

AfricArXiv Manager

Johanna Havemann

Admin

AfricArXiv Co-Founder

Nada Fath

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Umar Ahmad

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Priscilla Mensah

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Access 2 Pers...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

€2,114 EUR

ASAPbio

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

€1,238 EUR

Liberate Scie...

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Total contributions

€598 EUR

AfricArXiv on OSF hosting & maintencance

University of...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

€298 EUR

Thank you (MERCI!) for hosting our 1st preprint (Y. Amarouch and H. Abriel) 10.31730/osf.io/zt439

Hugues Abriel

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

€170 EUR

sponsor

Rickard Carlsson

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

€100 EUR

OSF hosting & maintencance

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Today’s balance

€1,529.05 EUR

Total raised

€5,746.97 EUR

Total disbursed

€4,217.92 EUR

Estimated annual budget

€5,575.72 EUR

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News from AfricArXiv - the African preprint repository

Updates on our activities and progress.

AfricArXiv in a nutshell - what we do, our achievements and our roadmap

More than two years into our work with AfricArXiv we are glad to present an overview of our work. You find more details and information at Cite as: Ahinon, J. S., Ksibi, N., Havemann, J. et al. (2020, September 25). AfricArXiv – the pan...
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Published on October 13, 2020 by Priscilla Mensah

Goal achieved: OSF preprint hosting & maintenance 2020

We would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to everyone who contributed in covering the 2020 fee for AfricArXiv’s preprint hosting & maintenance on the ...
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Published on September 15, 2020 by Priscilla Mensah

Quick recap: how it all began

We launched AfricArXiv in June 2018 envisioning a pan-African preprint repository with several goals in mind:Increased visibility for African research output - free of charge for the researchersEncouraging submission in traditional Afric...
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Published on February 20, 2020 by Access 2 Perspectives (Host)

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TCC Africa & AfricArXiv win at ASAPbio sprint

Published on December 8, 2020 by Johanssen Obanda

Under the title Encouraging Preprint Curation and Review, ASAPbio has held a design sprint to increa...

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Contribute to the AfricArXiv preprint repository and the people behind the scenes. 


In order to sustain the AfricArXiv services, maintain and grow the community and platform, we provide individuals as well as institutions with the following means to financially contribute to our work.
Our expenses include:
  • building and maintaining the AfricArXiv platform
  • community engagement
  • marketing
  • service fees (web hosting and other service partnerships e.g. with ORCID, OSF, …)
  • traveling and presenting at conferences – incl. related expenses for Visa and accommodation
  • partnership building
All financial contributions we receive will be spent to one or more of the above-mentioned purposes. To discuss what exactly your given amount shall contribute to please contact us at [email protected].

Please note: We are not (yet) registered as an institution but work remotely as a team with no dedicated office space. Therefore, we currently cannot issue donation receipts.


Contributors, challenges and opportunities

Since our launch, we have invested our personal resources (time and money) for building the platform, including our website and outreach to the target audiences. We think that researchers should not be the ones paying for our services and instead, we are reaching out to institutional libraries, governments, foundations, and donors – both African and international. For crowdfunding, we have set up a contribution page at info.africarxiv.org/contribute/ and are developing a financing strategy and roadmap for 2020 and years to come.

Due to the complex situation on the continent, we have first looked into learning about the stakeholders and had discussions with various experts. We want to partner with African stakeholders primarily and complement financial contributions internationally. In March 2020, we aim to launch our crowdfunding campaign and expect steady uptake of contributions so that we will be able to cover our ongoing expenses including the OSF fee for 2020.

Funds are limited especially in Africa and globally tied to outdated structures. As scholarly communication shifts towards more transparency and Open Science practices on a global level we are aiming for a strong and unified voice from Africa to realign funding structures – e.g. via IOI – investinopen.org. 

Challenges in covering expenses

Marketing is a lot of work and involves a lot of money for travels and many hours invested to ensure that the Research stakeholders learn about the benefits preprint repositories provide to the research community. That is not only the case in Africa, Latin America, and Asia but globally. Other challenges in the region include funding constraints, low salaries for HE staff and infrastructure deficits. Most of the community leads work voluntarily on the preprint repositories and have only limited resources to do the work necessary for fundraising, which in itself and elsewhere is a full-time job for much bigger teams. 

Our sustainability strategy so far

Additionally to our ongoing partnership with the Center for Open Science to use their OSF preprints infrastructure, we have diversified our platform by partnering as well with Zenodo and ScienceOpen. This allows African researchers to choose the preprint repository of their preference and based on their requirements:
Thereby, we will continue working on ensuring our preprint services remain available for the African Research community. 

The specific and additional services and benefits provided by each platform are listed in africarxiv.org/submit/. 
In Zenodo, we use a community account that is free of charge to set up and maintain by anyone around any topic. 
With ScienceOpen we have an agreement that we can use their preprint infrastructure for free in 2020 and reassess towards the end of the year. On top of the submission portal, the preprint system at ScienceOpen has a standardized peer review integrated which adds another service level. 
OSF provides for data storage of the whole research cycle of a project. It is up to the scientists to choose which platform they prefer. 

On the onset of AfricArXiv’s operations, our long term vision was always to create a platform that is hosted on the African continent, decentrally at various research institutions in every region, to ensure ownership of the African research output and empower African research stakeholders in engagement, collaboration, and exchange of knowledge on a global level. 

We are reaching out to other initiatives, organizations, and partners to make this a reality soon. Contact us to be involved. Are you interested to work with us for Open Access and Research in Africa?
Email us:
[email protected]


Our team

Osman Aldirdiri

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Johanssen Obanda

Admin

AfricArXiv Manager

Johanna Havemann

Admin

AfricArXiv Co-Founder

Nada Fath

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Umar Ahmad

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager

Priscilla Mensah

Core Contributor

AfricArXiv Manager