A retrospective digitization project focusing on exclusively African Journals
Sabinet Gateway is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports Library and Information services in Africa. In 2008, the Carnegie Corporation awarded a grant to Sabinet Gateway to create a sustainable and trusted digital archive of African research and cultural heritage published exclusively in Africa. The full-text Archive will include a searchable collection of journal articles digitised back to the earliest issue, if available, and will be accessible on a web-based platform.
African research and cultural heritage
Africa is lagging behind in building digital archives of its own research and cultural heritage, with the result that international exposure and visibility for African research is being hampered. There is a significant social and educational need in Africa and throughout the world to preserve journal literature emanating from publishers and societies in Africa. Such information would be utilised by teachers, researchers, scholars, students and professional bodies both in Africa and internationally.
The African Journal Archive provides
Custodianship of the Archive will reside with Sabinet Gateway, a non-profit organization. Management, creation and maintenance will be contracted to Sabinet Online. Free access to the archive will be available globally as long as it can be sustained. The gap between current issues and retrospective issues of the publication included in the Archive will be maintained to ensure that content providers continue to derive income from publishing current issues.
The African Journal Archive Project aims to digitise, index and provide access to over 200 journals consisting of a total of 90,000 indexed articles in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities towards the end of 2012. The guidelines below are used to establish a unique and representative collection.
Publisher participation in the Archive:
Leading journals in key disciplines such as archaeology, education, geology, medicine and zoology are included in this collection. Several of these journals started at the beginning of the last century and include detailed colour and grey scale drawings and photographs.By participating in the archive, publishers grant Sabinet Gateway a license to digitise, host and provide access to the collection by means of electronic technologies. The publisher retains all copyright over the intellectual content of the material.
Benefits for participating publishers or organisations:
There will be no cost to the publisher for digitising the publication.
The publisher or organisation will receive:
Discovery of titles included in the Archive may lead to subscriptions for current issues.Electronic access to the publication increases accessibility for teachers, researchers, scholars, students and professional bodies both in Africa and internationally.
For further information or to participate as a publisher please contact: