Publication Assistance

1. Did you know that SANTHE PROVIDES FINANCIAL SUPPORT for Open Access Costs to any of our affiliate researchers wishing to publish papers in reputable journals?

To meet the requirements you must acknowledge SANTHE (see 3 below) as well as use Wellcome Open Access Policy requirements as guide to make sure your publication is compliant and eligible.


Launched by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the AAS Open Research Platform will provide AAS affiliates/fellows and fundees of AESA programmes (which includes SANTHE) with a place to rapidly publish any results worth sharing. Moving towards open research publishing by using a model of immediate publication followed by transparent invited peer review and inclusion of all supporting data, this will enable reanalysis, replication attempts and data reuse - bringing benefits to researchers and institution, as well as society more broadly.

What does AAS Open Research mean for you:

  • You can use this platform to publish any results you wish to share. It ensures compliance with open access policies and helps to fulfil data sharing requirements.
  • AAS Open Research provides you and your collaborators a place to rapidly publish any results, including data sets, negative results, incremental findings as well as more traditional narrative-based articles.
  • There is no cost - article processing charges (APCs) will be funded centrally by AAS.

One of the long-term aims of this approach is to start a shift in research and researcher assessment away from journal-based measures and towards direct assessment of the output itself, whether it be an article or another form such as a dataset or software tool.

How to get involved:

The full submission system for articles for the AAS Open Research launch is going to go live in April 2018.  AAS are now accepting manuscripts offline where their editorial team are happy to work with authors to help get their articles prepared. The official launch (with media coverage) is earmarked for mid-April.

3.  Finally, please may we take this opportunity to remind you to ACKNOWLEDGE SANTHE support in your publications with the following wording:

This work was supported through the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE), a DELTAS Africa Initiative [grant # DEL-15-006]. The DELTAS Africa Initiative is an independent funding scheme of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)'s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and supported by the New Partnership for Africa's Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) with funding from the Wellcome Trust [grant # 107752/Z/15/Z] and the UK government. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AAS, NEPAD Agency, Wellcome Trust or the UK government.

NOTE: If this specific wording is not used, we will be unable to claim it as an official SANTHE publication in our reporting to our funders.

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