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African science journals and paper submissions grow

July / August 2013 | Volume 12, Issue 4

Africa's quality medical scientific journals are growing in number, as expertise continues to develop within the African Journal Partnership Project (AJPP), an initiative supported by Fogarty and NIH's National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Cover of the journal Annales Africaines de Medicine

The Democratic Republic of the
Congo's African Annals of Medicine
(in French) is one of the recent
additions to African Journal
Partnership Project.

Two new journals recently joined AJPP, bringing the total to eight. The number of scientific paper submissions is growing. Most member journals and five publications have been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE, the key database for journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world.

"Great progress has occurred over the last ten years," said AJPP Co-director Dr. David Ofori-Adjei, of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. "However, one of the biggest challenges will be advancing the gains so far achieved and sharing the experience with more African journals."

AJPP pairs African journals with top global science publications such as The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal. Partnerships among African journals are also developing. AJPP helps expand available resources, train scientists in the editorial and peer review processes, and increase the journals' visibility and sustainability.

The two recent additions to AJPP are the Democratic Republic of the Congo's African Annals of Medicine (in French) and the Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research. Other participants include African Health Sciences, Ghana Medical Journal, Malawi Medical Journal, Mali Medical (in French), Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences and Medical Journal of Zambia.

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