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Nature Africa launched to showcase science across the African continent and beyond

New digital magazine publishes freely accessible science news, research highlights and feature stories by African researchers

London | Berlin | New York  May 7, 2021

A new online magazine that reports on scientific research and issues of science policy across the African continent has been launched by Springer Nature. Nature Africa will cover the highest impact research taking place across the continent and communicate this to scientists and decision-makers in and outside Africa. Alongside news stories and research highlights, Nature Africa will also publish feature articles, opinion pieces and commentaries. The languages of publication are English and French.* 

Led by Chief Editor, Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh, Nature Africa will draw attention to African research that drives growth and development across the continent. As a vibrant destination for researchers of all career levels across disciplines, Nature Africa will promote research discourse and enable the discussion of scientific achievements by providing a place where ideas can be celebrated, challenged, critiqued and built on. A diverse range of articles will be written by journalists and researchers, and topics relevant for Africa will be covered alongside broader issues.  

Content in Nature Africa is free to access at https://www.nature.com/natafrica thanks to financial support of a consortium of partners: The University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu-Natal. Nature Portfolio has sole responsibility for all editorial content. 

Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh, Chief Editor of Nature Africa, said: “Our goal for Nature Africa is to shine a light on science in Africa and the scientists contributing to solving local and global problems whilst promoting scientific exchange across the continent. We hope to tell and be part of the African growth story which often does not receive the attention it deserves.” 

Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief of Nature, said: “I am delighted that through the launch of Nature Africa, we can help highlight, and put into context, the most important research from and relevant for the African continent. We hope that this new platform will be a valuable resource for researchers in Africa and abroad, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for its improvement.” 

A virtual event to celebrate the launch of Nature Africa took place on Monday 10 May 2021. 

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*Note: Nature Africa is not a peer-reviewed journal and will not consider primary research articles for publication. 

Further Information

Access Nature Africa here

Nature Portfolio and Springer Nature are committed to increasing the volume of research published by academics on the continent. A targeted workshop for early-career researchers on Sharing and Communicating Scientific Discoveries will be held in May.

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