Resources for Journals

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AJOL is a web platform for African-published journals. It is a partnership of journals committed to increasing the international profile of Africa's scholarly work and improving access to African-originated knowledge. By joining together as a large group of journals, this service has attained great international recognition, and visibility on the internet.

AJOL provides the following services for each of its participating journals:
  • Free journal home page on AJOL (includes contact details, editorial information and instructions to authors)
  • Free meta-data hosting
  • Free full text hosting (closed for subscription-based journals, free pdf article download of articles from Open Access journals)
  • International exposure to over 100,000 researchers each month
  • Potential extra revenue stream from article downloads (subscription-based journals only) Currently, the loading of journal content to the AJOL site is done by AJOL staff. Going forward, Publishers / Editors will be encouraged to take ownership and control of this process themselves.
Email us at for instructions on the application process.

Remember, your journal needs to comply with 8 criteria for inclusion, namely:
  1. The journal must be scholarly in content, and contain original research (in addition to other content)
  2. The content is peer-reviewed and quality controlled
  3. The journal has an established publishing track record (i.e. Volume 1, Issue 1 not accepted)
  4. The journal has an actively functioning Editorial Board (institutional affiliations and contact details required)
  5. The journal has a registered ISSN and eISSN
  6. The journal will provide all content for inclusion on AJOL (tables of contents, abstracts, and full text) in electronic format and in a timely manner. Partner journals are responsible for ensuring their content on AJOL is up to date.
  7. The journal guarantees all requisite permissions are granted to allow AJOL to operate an article download service
  8. The journal is published within the African continent (i.e. management of publishing strategy, business development and production operation are all run from an African country)

For suggestions on useful links that should be added to this collection, or to notify us about broken links, please contact AJOL at

Please note that AJOL is not responsible for the content, products or services offered by externally linked websites.

Click here to find out how to increase your journal's international visibility

Links of General Use or Interest

  • AJOL strongly recommends that journals give specific guidelines to their peer-reviewers. This document can help as a template.
  • The ISSN Internation Centre Home Page
  • A very useful document from the PKP called Starting a new Scholarly Publishing Journal in Africa. A large download for people with slow internet connections, though.
  • The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system is for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DOI's can be assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They act as a URL and allow the article/object in question to be found on the net even if it regularly moves location.
  • Free anti-virus software (English, French and Portugese options)
  • Free anti-spyware software (English, French and Portugese options)
  • The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is an organization of journal editors concerned about dealing with possible breaches in research and publication ethics. Includes guidelines on good practice, articles about specific topics, and statistics and case studies on fraud and misconduct.
  • African Books Collective (ABC), founded, owned and governed by African publishers, seeks to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. Print on Demand is amongst the services offered.
  • World Association of Medical Journal Editors (WAME) is a voluntary association of editors from countries throughout the world who seek to foster international cooperation among editors of peer-reviewed medical journals.
  • The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
  • ResearchGATE is an online social networking platform where researchers can network, form groups, upload papers, hunt for jobs, find info on conferences, use the unique self-archiving repository to connect with one another. ResearchGATE is a free of charge service, hosting meta-data of around 35 million articles and publications and tens of thousands of full-texts, focused on the sciences but open to all disciplines.
  • OASIS aims to provide information on all things Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. The site highlights developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies.

Links to relevant Open Source Software

  • Open Journal Systems (OJS) is free internet-based publishing software developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in Canada. Provided that the journal has a decent internet connection, you can install and use this software to great effect, and there are resources on the site to help you learn how to use it. AJOL uses amended OJS as part of its own software platform, and we are planning to expand this later in 2009, to offer hosting the full OJS functionality for Open Access journals.
  • The PKP resource for online courses in how to use Open Journal Systems software for Editors:
  • Statistics Software:
    • StatPages is a powerful, conveniently accessible, multi-platform statistical software package.
    • Graphpad software offers a selection of free online calculators for doing quick statistical calculations.

Links on Open Access (OA)

  • This is a link to a comprehensive overview on Open Access , with links to other resources on the subject.
  • SPARC's Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index - a collection of resources useful to OA publishers
  • An excellent and comprehensive outline of income models for Open Access by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
  • The Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) offers a forum for bringing together the entire community of Open Access journal publishers. OASPA’s mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines.
  • The Open Society's Business Plan template to help journals plan a viable move from a subscription-based to an Open Access publishing model, or to launch a new OA journal.
  • How to get a journal included in the international Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - click here for instructions.
  • Other useful information on the DOAJ
  • OASIS aims to provide information on all things Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieve OA. The site highlights developments and initiatives from around the world, and is used by researchers, librarians, publishers and administrators.

AJOL plans to add resources and links to this section, with a particular emphasis on the viability of Open Access publishing in Least Developed Countries. Suggestions would be most welcome; please see the email address in the dark green box above.

Links on Copyright and Access to Knowledge Issues

Links on Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism

This is an area that seems to be of concern to many African educators and journal editors. The internet may be used as a tool to prevent plagiarism. These links can provide some ideas of how to do that.
  • The Plagiarism Portal on the Wits University Library website. It has a large number of excellent online resources, including links on plagiarism definitions, referencing styles and detection software.
  • eTBLAST and Deja vu have both been recommended to AJOL by several partners as a useful and free way of checking many international databases for plagiarised text.
  • Not all of these tools are free, and all of them need careful checking and verification after use - they are not perfect.
  • CrossRef has now launced 'CrossCheck', a new initiative to aid publishers in verifying the originality of scholarly content. Following on the success of CrossRef's recent pilot of CrossCheck, this service is now open to all CrossRef member publishers.
  • "Viper" is a free-to-download anti-plagiarism and detection tool. Useful for editors and authors alike.
  • This page from the 'Guide to Online Schools' website offers teachers & students a comprehensive guide to understanding, detecting and preventing plagiarism. Interesting facts as well as useful tools, tips and resources are also available here.
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