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The African Music Archive

The African Music Archive based at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz currently holds around 18,000 sound recordings in various formats (including shellac and vinyl records, audio and video cass…
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Le Salon du livre africain de Paris

Over 100 publishers and writers from all over the continent attended the third edition of the Paris African Book Fair (Salon du livre africain de Paris).
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The German Research Foundation funds the extension of the SIS African Studies

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved substantial funding for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Service (SIS) for African Studies and has awarded the Johann Christian S…
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The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is a research institute under the aegis of UNESCO, based in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.
Africa Charter

Africa Charter for Transformative Research Collaborations

The Africa Charter for Transformative Research Collaborations will serve to advance and uphold the continent’s contribution to the global production of knowledge.

African Minds Publishers

African Minds is an open access, not-for-profit, publisher of scholarly books.
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The French SOEA Project: Open Science for African Studies

The aim of the project "Science ouverte pour les études africaines" (Open Science for African Studies, SOEA) is to support the funding of 30 OA books.


AfricArxiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication.
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Workshop: Open Access and share your knowledge! Publishing in African Studies

A retrospective of the workshop "Open Access and share your knowledge! Publishing in African Studies"
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Arewa House

Arewa House is the center for historical documentation and research of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers aim to provide guidance and raise awareness of ethical obligations of reviewers. These guidelines are intended to be applied across disciplines.
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What is open peer review?

Here we outline a few of the key characteristics of open peer review

"Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Peer Review in Africa"

We'd like to highlight the Scholarly Kitchen guest post "Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Peer Review in Africa".

Communicating research. Publishers, repositories, open access

This is a guest post by Sarah-Mai Dang. It first appeared on the Open-Media-Studies-Blog.

AuROA – Authors and Legal Certainty for Open Access

AuROA develop modular model contracts for open access publications.

What are the benefits of ‘preprints’?

In academic publishing, a preprint is a version of a research paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in scholarly journal.

The ARDC FAIR data self assessment tool

Using this tool you will be able to assess the ‘FAIRness’ of a dataset and determine how to enhance its FAIRness (where applicable).
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Over 240 African Studies Open Access Journals

This list is curated courtesy of the library of the African Studies Centre Leiden.

How to avoid epistemicide

Would you like to read and cite more works by Africa-based scholars? The SIS African Studies focuses on the acquisition of literature published on the African continent.

Publishing and co-publishing books in African Studies: guidelines for authors

Check out the International Africa Institute (IAI) for guidelines on co-publishing in the African continent.

How can I share it?

"How Can I Share It" helps you find relevant information to ensure your articles can be shared with your colleagues.

Academic networking sites or open access repositories?

What’s the difference between ResearchGate, and an open access repository?

Data storage is not digital preservation

There is an ongoing misperception that simply storing and backing-up research data is equivalent to the conservation guaranteed by digital preservation.

Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT)

Jane Lawrence Sumner's Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT) helps to automatically evaluate the (probabilistic) gender of each name on a reading list and then providing an estimate of what percentag…

CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance

The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance promote indigenous control of indigenous data
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The Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings

The Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings is included in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme ethics guidance.


Unpaywall harvest Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use.

The Open Access Button

How to get free, legal research articles delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors with the open access button.

Sabinet: African Online Journals

New electronic journals are available through the South African provider Sabinet!
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Commemorative Fabrics from Africa

The collection on Commemorative Fabrics from Africa is curated by Emilie Songolo and part of the digital collections at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Library.

CODESRIA Open Access Titels

CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) is one of the pioneers for open access publications of Africa-related research.

Open Access at transcript publishers

The German publisher transcript has a growing series of open access titles. Here you will find a selection of publications relevant to African Studies in English and German.

The Journal Impact Factor in African Studies

The Journal Impact Factor is not appropriate for measuring the quality of academic work, especially in African Studies.

Video Materials

Here we introduce a collection of ethnographic video materials.

Audio materials in African Studies

Here you will find podcasts for African Studies which are academically or thematically relevant, as well as recordings of lectures, talks or radio broadcasts.

Accessing Taylor & Francis journals from the African continent

Information on the Taylor & Francis STAR initiative which allows scholars based on the African continent free access to their journals

African Studies Blogs

A list of academic multi-author-blogs (MABs) for African Studies

Open Access in African Studies

The Open Access Network has a new information page on Open Access in African Studies
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National licence: Corpus de la première littérature francophone de l'Afrique noire

The Corpus de la première littérature francophone de l'Afrique noire is available as a national license for Germany through the provider Classiques Garnier Numérique.

African Books Collective E-Books: License and Access

The African Studies Library (also known as "Fachinformationsdienst Afrikastudien" in German) has recently licensed an e-book package from the African Books Collective. Registered users have access to…

Early Yorùbá books at the British Library

Digitised early publications (1843-1879) in Yorùbá at the British Library.

AWA: An online archive of African magazines

The digitised version of one of the earliest independent African women’s magazines.
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National license for the database Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996

National license for the Newsbank-Readex database "Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996"
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New open access books in African Studies

New open access books in African Studies from Routledge in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched.
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National license for the African Writers Series

The African Writers Series by Heinemann Publishing via ProQuest is accessible as a national license for Germany.

The Bukavu Series Online Exhibition

The Bukavu Series online exhibition explores the power dynamics between researchers from the Global North and the Global South.
African Principles for Open Access

The African Principles for Open Access

Have you heard about the African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication in and about Africa?
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Database of African Publishers

This freely accessible resource was developed by the International African Institute (IAI) in association with the African Books Collective.
From the Archive of The Nordic Documentation on the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa.

Digital resources on lusophone Africa

Information on digital resources on lusophone African countries by the Specialised Information Service (SIS) for Latin America, Caribbean and Latino Studies.
Archive of Malian Photography

Archive of Malian Photography

The Archive of Malian Photography provides access to preserved & digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali.