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Next Einstein Forum launches new science magazine

by Andrew Mambondiyani
27 March 2018 | 5915 Views
Kigali, Rwanda-Scientists in Africa will benefit from the recently launched Scientific African journal which will increase visibility for African researchers.

This new journal is an initiative between Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and Elsevier, an information analytics business which specialise in science and health.

Scientific African was launched on March 26, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda during the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering.

The Next Einstein Forum is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, launched in 2013 to connect science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world - with the goal to leverage science for human development globally and believes that Africa's contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress.

Scientific African will see the creation of a new pan-African, peer reviewed, open access publishing journal, dedicated to boosting the global reach and impact of research by Africans.

"Scientific African is central to the Next Einstein Forum's vision of propelling Africa onto the global scientific stage. What better way to do this then by actively publishing the groundbreaking discoveries and excellent research of African scientists?" said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS, and Founder and Chair of NEF.




"The NEF is committed to promoting scientific excellence and collaboration in Africa. We believe the two go hand-in-hand to improve scientific output and outcomes and we are happy that Scientific African will be led by the NEF's brilliant Community of Scientists," Zomahoun.

The journal's mission is to widen the availability and capacity of research by Africans, increase its impact and discoverability, and make African research more visible around the world. Scientific African will publish articles that focus on areas of critical importance to African scientists, citizens, and policymakers.

"Through the efforts of both Elsevier and the Elsevier Foundation, we are committed to building African capacity in research. Scientific African is a state of the art platform, which will complement national and regional efforts to increase visibility and provide cohesion for the African research community," said Ron Mobed, Elsevier CEO.

As part of its partnership with NEF, 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. Headed by Fellows from NEF's Community of Scientists, the journal will allow authors to publish their articles Open Access at a low cost, enabling African researchers to share their work to an international audience on a highly-visible, prestigious publishing outlet that utilizes Elsevier's market leading technology.

Scientific African will publish peer-reviewed original research from all scientific disciplines and will also occasionally publish reviews, editorials, and invited perspectives or critical policy papers. The journal welcomes submissions to its peer reviewed, open access, inter- and multidisciplinary scientific platform dedicated to expanding access to research by Africans, increasing intra-African scientific collaboration, and building scientific capacity in Africa.

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Source: Andrew Mambondiyani

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