The first pan Africa scientific journal has been launched in Kigali with an aim of putting visibility to African research work.
The Journal “Scientific African” was launched by Thierry Zomahoun, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) founder at the ongoing 3-day NEF2018 global gathering opened on March 26th.
The inaugural publication will officially be available on the market on July 2018, with head offices at the Kigali based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
“The journal will have diverse and multidiscipline content from African scientists and professional research work done by researchers,” said Benjamin Gyampoh, the Editor-in-Chief, who will be behind the journal’s content.
The publications in the journal, which include- full text research articles, papers and reviews; will be paid for and content availed in print and online on a quarterly basis with contributors getting paid.
“We are yet to decide how much but we are looking at having manuscripts from all over the continent from every capable scientist,” Gyampoh said.
On behalf of the Next Einstein Forum, the publication project will be run in collaboration with Elsevier- an international organization focusing on funding research and health capacity building.
Ron Mobed, the Elsevier Chief Executive said that the journal will be all inclusive and address the gender gap that was highlighted at the NEF2018 opening.
“Women will be highly encouraged to be part of this as a way of addressing concerns of the gender gap in science and technology that was raised today by President Paul Kagame,” Mobed said during a press briefing.
Most scientific content by Africans has normally been published by global outlets in America and Europe giving lower or no visibility to creations and works done by Africans.
The journal is expected to offer a new platform to boost the visibility and discoverability of African research, but NEF founder, Zomahoun insisted that creativity should be one of the distinct aspects of the journal in order to show a difference.