African Journals Online (AJOL)

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Managing entity
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publication (INASP)
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Website's languages

English

Search capability
Dedicated multi-document search engine
Description

What is AJOL?

  • AJOL is the world's largest online collection of African-published, peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
  • AJOL's Vision is for African learning to be translated into African development.
  • AJOL's Mission: to increase online visibility, access and use of African-published research output in support of quality African research and higher education.
  • AJOL provides free online hosting for over 500 peer-reviewed journals from 31 African countries, using open source software. AJOL's partner journals cover the full range of academic disciplines with particularly strong sections on health, agriculture and African studies.
  • Journals apply for inclusion on AJOL and are assessed according to the quality of their publishing practices, including the following criteria: 
    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 
    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)
  • The AJOL website has a Google PageRank of 8, and receives over 200 000 visits per month from countries around the world; an indication of the need and widespread use of the AJOL initiative. AJOL allows for free access to thousands of article abstracts, and offers a progressively charged article download service for researchers and librarians to access full text of individual articles. More than half of the 100 000 plus full text articles on the site are in Open Access journal partners, and are free to download.