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Expanding open science publication on capacity building efforts for AREF alumni

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We are pleased to launch our Open Research Africa gateway on April 24 2023, created as part of the Excell Leadership Programme funded by Robert Bosch Foundation. This contract signed over a period of three years since 2022, is aimed at supporting AREF alumni to have open access publication tools for their research, talks and opinions on capacity-building topics in Africa.

This new project means that AREF alumni can publish capacity building works in the open access platform, at no cost to the author, thanks to this agreement.

You can view the AREF Gateway using this link.

What sort of materials can be published?

This Gateway will build a collection of evidence, experiential case studies, resources and training material to support the career and professional development of health researchers in Africa and support capacity building across the continent. We recognize that learning and knowledge sharing can occur in variety forms, thus this gateway accepts multiple formats of information sharing, including accessible posters and presentation slides as well as peer reviewed research and reviews.

Who can publish?

Only researchers and scientists who have benefitted from the AREF Research Development Fellowship, Grant Writing workshops or other leadership programmes that we run and have transitioned into our alumni community can apply. Further email communications will be sent out soon.

Next steps:

  • We will be contacting all alumni for communication details, including information about the Gateway, publishing process, peer review model and how to start using it.
  • Community call: we are  hosting an online webinar with the Open Research Africa team and AREF Alumni on  to share more information about this opportunity

About Open Research Africa

Open Research Africa offers open access publication, transparent peer review and a variety of article types to support researchers in publishing their work rapidly and without barriers. You can find out more about the Open Research Africa publishing model and how to submit here.

Published: 24 April 2023