Achieving full Open Access in Africa

Several Open Access initiatives have emerged in Africa in recent years. Our own preprint repository africarxiv.org is one of a few, including the francophone Africa research repository DICAMES, Projet SOHA which focuses on Open Science in Haiti and francophone Africa; together with a range of regional discipline-specific repositories. More can be found on a list curated by the International African Institute (IAI). African Journals Online (AJOL) maintain a list of African Open Access journals and UNESCO compiled an overview on the Open Access movement in Africa.

Both in Europe and Latin America principles have been postulated to achieve Open Access. Europe calls it Plan S while in Latin America it is known as AmeliCA. Below you find how the two compare to each other.

Do you think we need our own African Principles for full Open Access in Academia?

Source: AmeliCA vs Plan S: Same target, two different strategies to achieve Open Access. — AmeliCA

References
Ahinon, J., & Havemann, J. (2018). Open Science in Africa — Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives. Elephant in the Lab. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1492745

Bcerril-García A. (2019). AmeliCA vs Plan S: Same target, two different strategies to achieve Open Access. http://www.amelica.org/en/index.php/2019/01/10/amelica-vs-plan-s-mismo-objetivo-dos-estrategias-distintas-para-lograr-el-acceso-abierto/

Tennant, J (2019). Plan S – Time to decide what we stand for. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/03/05/plan-s-time-to-decide-what-we-stand-for/