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Forum on Open Data and Open Science in
Agriculture in Kenya:
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Developme...
BACKGROUND
• African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and
Development (AJFAND) is a scientific, peer reviewed
schol...
VISION
To have a world where information on food, agriculture,
nutrition and development is contributed and shared
honestl...
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To provide a platform, through which food and nutrition
issues and information concerning Africa, and...
COVERAGE
AJFAND covers a wide range of scientific and developmental
disciplines including:
• Role of indigenous foods in f...
TARGET AUDIENCE
AJFAND is open to both African and non-African
contributors.
• Primary target group:
– scientists, researc...
AJFAND ACTIVITIES
Education and Research
AJFAND supports networking, accessing, sharing, and
publishing of papers for rese...
AJFAND ACTIVITIES
Publishing Support and Mentoring
Strengthening the work of editors and communication
professionals, espe...
PUBLISHING
From 2001 issues of the journal were both in the conventional
print and online (www.ajfns.net). Since November ...
BENEFITS OF ONLINE PUBLISHING
Shorter production cycles.
Increased visibility and recognition as compared to print media.
...
BENEFITS OF OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING
Presenting high quality African scientific research accessible
freely globally.
Giving ...
CHALLENGES OF OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING
• Threat of virus, hacking
• Monitoring plagiarism in submitted work
• Turnaround tim...
ACHIEVEMENTS
AJFAND has a global reputation and readership. The journal is quality
assured by The University of Toronto th...
ACHIEVEMENTS
• AJFAND has enjoyed 15 years of continuous publishing of
Agricultural, Nutrition and Development research in...
Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture…suggestions
• More channels for accessing published materials from African
schol...
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)
www.ajfand.net
Josem Trust Place, Off Bunyala Roa...
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Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Kenya: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development

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Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Kenya: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development

  1. 1. Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Kenya: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development Mary Njeri Karanu Assistant Editor, AJFAND (www.ajfand.net) On June 15th, 2015 At Jacaranda Hotel Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2. BACKGROUND • African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) is a scientific, peer reviewed scholarly journal with a global reach, published in Kenya since 2001. • It was launched in August 2001, as the African Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences (AJFNS) under the Rural Outreach Program (www.ruraloutreachafrica.org) by Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang’o as the CEO and editor-in-chief. • It became evident that nutrition had a much wider scope, closely linked to agriculture, environment and human development in Africa. In recognition of these close synergies, the name of the journal was changed to African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND); this was able to accommodate interests of previously excluded authors.
  3. 3. VISION To have a world where information on food, agriculture, nutrition and development is contributed and shared honestly, respectfully, equally and impartially, giving global visibility to African scholars and issues. The key guiding principle is that no culture has a monopoly of knowledge. To inform policy and decision making in the fields of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, the application of emerging technologies for innovative interventions and their regulation through related research. MISSION
  4. 4. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES To provide a platform, through which food and nutrition issues and information concerning Africa, and its unique problems could be effectively addressed and disseminated To provide a capacity building facility in scholarly publishing for budding African scholars.
  5. 5. COVERAGE AJFAND covers a wide range of scientific and developmental disciplines including: • Role of indigenous foods in food and nutrition security • Food safety related practices like preparation, processing, preservation and storage • Nutritional analysis of various foods and human health • Modern technology such as genomics, biotechnology and tissue culture technology and their role in Africa’s science, research and food and nutrition security challenges • Smallholder farming systems, women in agriculture and climate smart agriculture • Youth in the agricultural value chain Besides academic research, the journal provides an avenue for sharing information on national, regional and international-level food and nutrition programs, commentaries, short communications, book reviews, and relevant news and events, obituaries of friends of AJFAND are also included.
  6. 6. TARGET AUDIENCE AJFAND is open to both African and non-African contributors. • Primary target group: – scientists, researchers, academics, policy makers, students, non-Governmental populace and media
  7. 7. AJFAND ACTIVITIES Education and Research AJFAND supports networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of papers for researchers, scholars, scientists, and academicians. Library Creating and preserving up-to-date online digital information across all formats and ensuring effective access and management of information to all, especially those serving research and educational communities. Examples: African Union (AU) Library, University of Botswana Library, University of Zimbabwe Library and Cornell University Robert R. Mann Library. Health and Nutrition Supporting and facilitating communication, networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of information between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers involved in health promotion activities. Including: food safety, food security, food trade, healthier eating and childhood nutrition.
  8. 8. AJFAND ACTIVITIES Publishing Support and Mentoring Strengthening the work of editors and communication professionals, especially those in research and science. Through publishing, AJFAND makes people aware of the resources available to them, and through innovation, it makes access to these resources easier. Rural Development and Agriculture Supporting networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of information for rural development practitioners. The lack of basic information plays a significant role in the persistence of poverty. Poor people need better connections to schools, health care, markets, essential services and each other. Almost all of the Millennium Development Goals depend on providing infrastructure.
  9. 9. PUBLISHING From 2001 issues of the journal were both in the conventional print and online (www.ajfns.net). Since November 2003, the journal has been produced entirely online; via the website www.ajfand.net In 2009 African Scholarly Science Communications Trust (ASSCAT) started publishing AJFAND. The Trust just replaced ROP as the Publisher.
  10. 10. BENEFITS OF ONLINE PUBLISHING Shorter production cycles. Increased visibility and recognition as compared to print media. More efficient quality control through electronic peer review. Greater versatility in the design of the electronic files. Opportunity to build capacity in electronic publishing. Easier to handle corrections with electronic version compared to print version.
  11. 11. BENEFITS OF OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING Presenting high quality African scientific research accessible freely globally. Giving budding scientists visibility and recognition online. Enabling African scientists to contribute to global scientific scholarship. Contributing unique African solutions to global scientific questions through original research conducted in Africa by Africans.
  12. 12. CHALLENGES OF OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING • Threat of virus, hacking • Monitoring plagiarism in submitted work • Turnaround times: Some authors have unrealistic expectations of the review process. • Financing the journal- maintaining a secretariat, website
  13. 13. ACHIEVEMENTS AJFAND has a global reputation and readership. The journal is quality assured by The University of Toronto through Bioline International since 2006 (http://www.bioline.org.br/nd) Other institutions that carry and disseminate AJFAND articles and with whom we have signed agreements: – CABI (London) – EBSCO Publishing – Chemical Abstracts Societies (CAS) – African Journals Online (AJOL) (http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajfand) – FAO Sustainable Food Value Chain Development (SFVC) Knowledge Platform – African Union (AU) Library – University of Botswana Library (intranet) – University of Zimbabwe Library (intranet) Under second review by Scopus (http://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus) and applying again to Thomson Reuters for coverage in Web of Science.
  14. 14. ACHIEVEMENTS • AJFAND has enjoyed 15 years of continuous publishing of Agricultural, Nutrition and Development research in Africa • AJFAND receives 200+ quality manuscripts every year from Africa, Europe, USA and Asia. The journal publishes an average of 80 manuscripts in a year, with issues coming out bimonthly • AJFAND’s roster of qualified, widely read and widely published (voluntary) international reviewers is 100+ with frequent new requests to review for the journal -PhDs (Full reviewers) and MScs (Junior reviewers) in relevant fields. Each article must benefit from at least 2 FULL reviews • AJFAND carries profiles of reviewers highlighting their academic and professional achievements. A photo is included (both for authors and profiled reviewers). This serves as an incentive to our reviewers • AJFAND takes interns (top talent) from local universities for mentoring and to gain work experience
  15. 15. Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture…suggestions • More channels for accessing published materials from African scholarly journals eg. through intranets in the university networks- which reduces internet connectivity issues. • Much of agricultural research could be relevant to policy makers, students, journalists and the educated public. Yet, it is often written up in articles that are too long, highly technical and hidden behind paid subscriptions. • Connecting published knowledge and emerging technologies with actors on the ground. Perhaps try repackaging and disseminating scientific information in simplified layman language eg. via SMS, newspapers, radio, drama etc. • Resources are required for all these.
  16. 16. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) www.ajfand.net Josem Trust Place, Off Bunyala Road, Upperhill P.O. Box 29086-00625 Nairobi, KENYA THANK YOU!

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