Commercial publishers and epistemic coloniality

This article was originally published in French on Hekima. Philosopher à partir de l’Afrique This is a translation authorized by the author.

There is a need to face the terrible reality of Africa-based researchers who are constantly faced by paywalls, ruthlessly expensive access, and publication fees. While Africanists in western universities benefit from their institutional subscriptions, the rising costs of scientific journals are unsustainable even for Canadian universities, let alone for under-funded African academic institutions.

Some time ago, a note by Haythem Guesmi entitled « The gentrification of African studies » appeared on the analysis and criticism website Africa is a country, from which the quotation in the epigraph is extracted.

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Open Science in Africa – Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives

Justin Ahinon and Jo Havemann, both founders of AfricArXiv, talk in this article about the development of Open Science Services in Africa, initiatives, the current situation and chances in the future.

This article was originally published at (doi:10.5281/zenodo.1492745)

Open Science is becoming increasingly popular globally and provides unprecedented opportunities for scientists in Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America. African scientists face several difficulties when attempting to get their work published in peer-reviewed journals  – there is a small number of publication platforms, a lack of knowledge and access difficulties related to existing journals (whose visibility on the web is not very good) (Piron et al., 2017). There are also obstacles related to the functioning of the journals themselves ( notably the duration of the revision process and the cost of publications)  and the result is that science and scholarly publishing are often perceived as a prerogative of the Northern countries. more « Open Science in Africa – Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives »

Les outils de travail collaboratif

Le travail collaboratif : les origines

Travailler ensemble est devenu une nécessité aujourd’hui pour les étudiants, les chercheurs, et les professionnels de différents domaines. Il existe plusieurs moyens pour faire cela, dont le travail collaboratif.

L’expression « Travail collaboratif » fait son apparition en 2002 avec Yochai Benkler, dans son essai intitulé « Coase’s Penguin, or, Linux and The Nature of the Firm« , où il parle de l’émergence d’un nouveau mode de production et de travail. more « Les outils de travail collaboratif »