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In 2018 Africa’s academy of science AAS launched an open-access publishing platform - AAS Open Research - the first of its kind aimed exclusively at scientists on the African continent. Although there are already open-access publishers that focus on Africa, such as AOSIS Publishing (based in South Africa) AAS Open Research will be the first to adopt open peer review.
The AAS Open Research platfrorm will initially take submissions only from AAS fellows and affiliates (who together number around 400), as well as researchers funded through programmes managed by the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Africa. The Nairobi-based body manages grants for African research programmes that come from international funders, mostly targeting health research but also areas such as climate change.
The AAS Open Research platform:
- has been created with the London-based open-access publisher F1000, adopting the model of its F1000Research publishing platform;
- publishes articles, research protocols, data sets and code, usually within days of submission and before peer review. F1000 staff arranges post-publication peer review: the reviews and the names of their authors are published alongside the papers. The papers are indexed in abstract databases such as PubMed only after they pass review;
- cuts the time and effort scientists have to put into finding homes for their work, and makes the review process more transparent;
- follows AAS Open Research FAIR Data Prnciples
P.S. "One common criticism of the open access and open science movements is that they tend to take a standardised view of science and scholarship, and so propose one-size-fits-all approaches when advocating for ways of making research and the research process more open and transparent. This often poses significant challenges for, for instance, researchers in non-STEM disciplines. It is also often deeply problematic for those based in the global South", - The OA Interviews: Arul George Scaria.
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