Plenary Session Abstract: How Africa is Becoming a Global Leader in Scientific Publishing

Since scientific journals were first introduced over 300 years ago, publishers and editors have held disproportionate control over the careers of researchers and science itself. The African Academy of Sciences, the leading non-profit, pan-African organization that represents all sciences, has taken a stand to ensure that quality research in Africa can be published in a manner that is immediate, peer-reviewed, transparent and free of the bias of traditional journals. The AAS is joining other progressive sponsors of science worldwide, from the European Commission to major funders such as Wellcome and Gates, to ensure that research from the Continent advances global science without barriers, and that the publishing process serves, not frustrates, the drive of scientists to communicate their work.