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The Uptake, Visibility and Impact of Science on Regional Publishing Platforms: The Case of AfricArXiv

van Schalkwyk, François; Basson, Isabel

There remains much to understand in terms of achieving optimal conditions to increase the visibility and impact of science from Africa. Future research is needed to fill knowledge gaps and to develop empirically based theories that account for the changes in the scholarly publishing landscape and the consequences of those changes for the visibility of science from Africa.

Future research should focus on scientists’ expectations and experiences with using regional publishing platforms, and whether there are any observable advantages derived from publishing on regional platforms compared with uploading publications to disciplinary platforms or academic social media networks. Further insight into how AfricArXiv works, what initiatives are in place to promote and attract submissions, and how AfricArXiv sees its role in an evolving science communication landscape ­– for example, in relation to other regional platforms and/or institutional repositories on the African continent – will add further context in which to interpret the findings presented in this paper.

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