“Next Einstein Forum Launches Scientific African, an Open Access Multi-disciplinary Journal to Boost the Global Reach of Research From Africa.”
African scientists have long struggled to get their researches acknowledged and recognized on the continent and globally. To get more work of African scientists seen on a global platform, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and Elsevier, the science and health publisher, have launched Scientific African. It’s a pan-African, peer-reviewed, open access publishing journal launched at the second NEF forum in Kigali, on March 26 2018.
Scientific African is intended to generate increased visibility for African researchers, and provide a platform to share their research with the global community. It will publish articles that focus on areas of critical importance to African scientists, citizens, and policymakers. The publication will be multi-disciplinary, covering research from biology and health through physics and astronomy.
“Elsevier will offer the publishing infrastructure for Scientific African at cost. Elsevier will also share its expertise in publishing, data sharing, marketing, editorial organization and information analytics, to help build a freely accessible flagship journal for African researchers (…) The journal will allow authors to publish their articles Open Access at a low cost.”
The success of the journal will be measured by its impact on global research, in particular how many times research published by the journal is cited by other journals over a given time period, usually a year to five years.
About the Next Einstein Forum
“Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The NEF is a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world. Its goal is to leverage science for human development globally.