The Economist on encouraging African science

The Economist on encouraging African science  

  By: Alan Parker on April 7, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

There's an interesting article in this week's Economist: African science

It covers the "Next Einstein Initiative" and the AIMS institutes, neither of which I knew about. It also mentions a new Elsevier journal "Scientific African", which is a welcome initiative, even if some of us try to avoid Elsevier, due to its greedy business model.

Is anyone here involved in these structures? What do you think of them?

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Re: The Economist on encouraging African science  

  By: Richard de Grijs on April 9, 2018, 5:51 a.m.

AIMS is a great initiative, and initially it looked very positive. However, I understand from colleagues in Cape Town that is has been plagued by personnel and leadership issues, so I don't know whether it's back up where it used to be at the present time. If anyone knows, please post your response here.

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Re: The Economist on encouraging African science  

  By: Andy Nobes on April 9, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Hi Alan,

I have heard lots of good things (well, they are mentioned a lot in online conversations) about AIMS and the Next Einstein Initiative, and the 'Scientific African' journal sounds like a bold plan. I have, however seen some critical online comments about this project, particularly around the partnership with Elsevier. I think some people would have preferred more investment in the 500+ existing African journals on www.ajol.info

I'm also very interested to see what the publication charges (APCs) are for the journal. Apparently they will be 'low cost' - I wonder what this means?

Andy

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