Repository: AfricArxiv

Full Name: AfricArxiv
Short Name (or Acronym):
Description: AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research, working towards building an African-owned open scholarly repository; a knowledge commons of African scholarly works to catalyze the African Renaissance.
Accepted Content Types: Research articles, Review papers, Project proposals, Case studies, ‘Negative’ results and ‘null’ results (i.e. results that do not support a hypothesis), Data and methods papers, Technical notes, Dataset description papers, Preprints
Certificate or Labels:
Closure Date:
Contact: [email protected]
Disciplinary Scope: All scientific fileds
Keywords: OSF, Figshare, Africa, African research
Launch Date: Jun-18
Platform: They have their own framework but their contents are also hosted by : OSF, Figshare, Qeios, Pubpub, Scienceopen and Zenodo
Platform Languages: English
Record Count: Full text (articles, theses): 248 (OSF), Zenodo (171), ScienceOpen (13), Figshare ( 2)
Repository Type: Decentralised/independent/aggregating open archive platform
Service Pricing: None
Status: Open
Terms of Use: Yes
Last Update: 7/13/21
Accessibility of Conflict of Interest Procedures:
Business Model: Non Profit
Funding: Community operators pay a fee based on usage and COS subsidizes the other portion through fundraised support
Countries: <a href="">Germany</a>
Owner Full Name: Small group of enthusiasts, currently maintained and managed via Access 2 Perspectives ( Jo Havemann). For details and governance roadmap/vision see
Owner Short Name: n/a
Owner URL:
Ownership Type: Academic community group
Scientific Technical Committees: Yes : includes researchers.
User Committees: No
Access to Content: Anyone may access full items free of charge
Access to Metadata: Anyone may access the metadata free of charge
Account Creation: Only needed for submission, via ORCID iD
Backups: The content is currently hosted by 3rd party services who take care of the backups, see table at
Functional Description:
Interoperability: The content is currently hosted by 3rd party services who take care of the backups, see table at
Metadata Formats: No
Metadata Languages: English
Metadata Properties: Title, Identifier, Publication/deposition date, Author name(s), Abstract, Relational link to final journal publication (e.g. in crossref metadata), Author affiliation(s), License type(s), Subject category
Method for Reuse of Metadata: Openly available via API (OSF)
Open Source: Yes
Permission for Re-use of Metadata: None
Persistence of Content: COS Preservation Fund to maintain read access for 50+ years, wscienceOpen via Clockss, Pubpub & Figshare via AWS, Zenodo via CERN
Preservation Policy: The content is currently hosted by 3rd party services and will thus continue to be online in case of closure
Function Service Details
Commenting/Annotation Local function Yes : Commenting (including annotation plug-ins)
Endorsement Local function Yes, via Plaudit (OSF)
Endorsement Plaudit
Indexing/Search Local function Yes : Google Scholar, SHARE, Microsoft Academic, Unpaywall
Indexing/Search Google Scholar
Indexing/Search SHARE
Indexing/Search Microsoft Academic
Indexing/Search Unpaywall
Metrics Local function Downloads are visible to everyone

ScienceOpen has Altmeric integration
Metrics Altmetric
Peer Review Local function Yes, via Peer Community In, PREreview and Science Open
Peer Review Peer Community in
Peer Review PREreview
Peer Review ScienceOpen
Revision and Follow-up Local function Not yet, to be announced
Academic Applicant Only?: Yes
Accepted Content Formats: PDF, Word doc, RTF, Open Office
Accepted Content Languages: Afrikaans, Akan, English, French, Igbo, Swahili, Zulu, other unspecified native African languages ( summary must be provided in English and French, non-English languages held in moderation queue awaiting verification
Accepted Content Level: Research and Scholary content
Accepted Supplementary Content: With each manuscript you can add supplementary files in any format with unlimited storage.
Associated Editor: No
Associated Journal: No
Availability of Associated Content: You also can integrate files hosted using other services such as Figshare, Dropbox, or GitHub.
Journal Submission: Unrestricted
Licensing: Authors must use CC BY 4.0 license
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Content: Email administrator
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Plagiarism: Email administrator
Moderation: Beforehand : Akismet spam filtering (automatic on all OSF content), Content within scope
Peer Review Status Indication: No
Persistent Identifier: DOI, single DOI retained for all versions
Remaining Indrawn Item: Basic information remains on a tombstone page (OSF)
Text Embargo: No, only if the publisher imposes an embargo period
Time from Submission to Posting: 3 to 5 business days
Versioning Policy: Accepts new version. All version are archieved and visible for readers.
Who can Deposit?: African scientists based on the African continent African scientists who are currently based at a host institute outside Africa. Non-African scientists who report on research conducted on African territory; preferably with African co-authors listed. Non-African scientists who report on research relevant to African affairs
Withdrawal Authorisation: At author's request with moderator approval
Withdrawal Policy: Yes. Plagiarism, false or inaccurate content