African scientists can submit research in local African languages — Quartz

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"African languages will have a formal role in the scientific research community with the launch of a publication that encourages and accepts research in indigenous languages including Swahili, Akan, Zulu, Igbo and more. AfricArXiv is an online platform that publishes preprints submitted exclusively from African scientists or those whose research is relevant to the continent. It is the latest to join a small, but growing roster of science publications trying to make sure African scientists don’t get left out of research publishing cycles. Preprints are drafts or complete articles that have not been peer-reviewed. They are especially useful because it allows scientists to receive quick and early feedback on projects they are working on. While it is likely that most research will initially be received in English and French, the option to submit in local languages will be welcomed. There are more than 2000 African languages but their place in education has been delegitimized in favor of colonial ones based on several myths. This is despite research that shows learning in mother tongues is not only cost effective (pdf. p.21) but greatly improves cognitive development and the efficiency of learning across all levels, from primary to tertiary education. The African edition of the publication follows similar trans-language preprint editions for scientists in Arabic and Bahasa Indonesian...."


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06/27/2018, 14:35

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06/27/2018, 10:35