28 Sep Network aims to strengthen African scholarly publishing
A small group of African scholarly publishers has launched a network for collaboration, experience-sharing and advocacy – and they have invited other publishers of scholarly monographs across Africa to join. Work has already begun on initial projects including building a shared database of peer reviewers and developing peer review standards.
The network was agreed at the first African Monograph Publishers Network – AMPnet – meeting, held at the University of the Witwatersrand, or Wits, in Johannesburg on 30 August and hosted by Wits University Press.
There is already an interactive database of Africa’s 52 university presses, identified through research funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, that resulted in a new report The African University Press discussed at the meeting.
Report authors Francois van Schalkwyk and Thierry Luescher, both directors of the independent, open access scholarly publisher African Minds based in Cape Town, chaired the meeting. Currently residing on the African Minds website, the database will be moved to a ‘neutral’ website platform, to be joined by other shared network materials.
African scholarly publishers – university presses as well as other institutional scholarly presses, and independent, commercial and NGO publishers – can check or add their details so that the map eventually presents a comprehensive picture of active scholarly publishers across Africa. Read More