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New Journal for African Researchers

A new journal plans to highlight research conducted in Africa, the Guardian reports.

The journal, Scientific African, was announced at the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) in Kigali, Rwanda, last week, and it is envisioned as a quarterly, peer-reviewed, open-access inter- and multidisciplinary journal, SciDevNet adds. It is founded by NEF, which was itself founded by the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and has funding from the publisher Elsevier. Publishing in the journal will cost about $200, which the Guardian notes is about half the cost of publishing in other journals.

"There are many reputable journals but there is a low number of Africans publishing in them partly because the costs are so high," Benjamin Gyampoh, the editor-in-chief of the journal, tell the Guardian.

The journal's founders hope that it will provide needed recognition to African researchers and encourage them to partner with one another. "This initiative will also provide for authorship training and capacity building," Gyampoh says at SciDevNet.

The first issue is to be published by the end of the year.

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