Posted by: bluesyemre | April 23, 2020

PubPub, the open-source collaboration platform has partnered with AfricArXiv, the African preprint repository


PubPub, the open-source collaboration platform built by the Knowledge Futures Group, has partnered with AfricArXiv, the African preprint repository, to host audio/visual preprints. This partnership will enable multimedia submissions around research outputs, including community participation and feedback for and from researchers.  

As a hosting platform for preprints, accepted manuscripts, and post-prints, including the ability to link to data and code, AfricArXiv thereby further accelerates the impact and worldwide discoverability of African researchers’ contributions to the global knowledge base.

“Launching audio/visual preprints takes scholarly communication to the next level – giving scientists the multimedia platform to express their expertise not only in text but truly engaging with other researchers. This initiative also helps African researchers connect their work beyond text with intangible emotions that project urgency and relevance for impact across Africa and the globe.”  

Joy Owango, Director at TCC Africa

We are excited that we can test this together and in partnership with Knowledge Futures Group and their multimedial collaborative platform PubPub. This partnership will empower African researchers to explore immediate communication of their research despite the COVID-19 lockdown. The results from this initiative will help us further understand the best COVID-19 response and intervention strategy for researchers across Africa.

Obasegun Ayodele, CTO at Vilsquare

PubPub and AfricArXiv share a passion for Open Science, enabling the sharing of interdisciplinary research, and community-led innovation. “AfricArXiv provides an invaluable outlet and dedicated collaboration space for African researchers seeking to communicate about their work quickly and effectively,” notes Heather Ruland Staines, Head of Partnerships for the Knowledge Futures Group. “PubPub is excited to host new preprint formats to help ensure that the work of African scholars is included in the valuable collaborations occurring to find a cure for and mitigate the effects of COVID-19, regardless of the language in which it is offered. We look forward to exploring these new mechanisms of scholarly communications together.”

PubPub, the flagship project of the Knowledge Futures Group, launched in 2017. The open source platform supports dozens of peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books from university and society-based publishers, and nearly a thousand grassroots publications created and maintained by individual scholars and academic departments. PubPub socializes the process of knowledge creation by integrating conversation, annotation, and versioning into short and long-form digital publication.

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