The continental platform allows the African research community to take ownership of creating and sharing its own scholarly content, which contributes to the growth and development of local research for African society. The publishing platform addresses the challenge of Africa's low production by practicing diamond open access, that is knowledge is free to access for the reader and the author does not pay to publish. In this model, diamond open access is a community-based publishing alternative model that disrupts the commercial publishing system. This shift returns the control of publishing back to the researcher community; free from third-party publishers imposing their restrictions to access.
If any African institution would like to publish open journals or open monographs/textbooks on this continental platform, please contact Jill Claassen, Section Manager: Scholarly Communication and Research
The African open access journals available on the continental platform are:
- Bindura University of Science Education
- Catholic University of Zimbabwe
- University of Botswana
The institutions in Zimbabwe and Botswana have committed to making their open access journals available on the continental platform in the upcoming months.
The African open access monographs/ textbooks available on the continental platform are: