Springer Nature, publishers of popular scientific journal, Nature, has launched an online magazine that would focus on scientific research and issues of science policy across the African continent with the aim of drawing attention to researches that drive growth and development across the continent.
In a statement announcing Nature Africa, the group stated that the online magazine 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, the group said Nature Africa will be a vibrant destination for researchers of all career levels across disciplines, promoting research discourse by providing a place where ideas can be celebrated, challenged, critiqued and built on.
According to the statement, the platform will feature a diverse range of articles to be written by journalists and researchers, covering topics that are relevant for Africa alongside broader issues.
“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,” Jimoh, Chief Editor of Nature Africa, said.
Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Magdalena Skipper, 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.”
Nature Africa is the product of a consortium of partners including The University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu-Natal.
A virtual event to mark the launch of Nature Africa will take place today, Monday 10 May 2021.