San Francisco, USA and Nairobi Kenya, May 12, 2021 – The Open Access publisher PLOS, and the Training Center in Communication, based at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, (known as TCC Africa) today announced a partnership to ensure that the interests and values of African research communities are represented in PLOS publications, policies, and services. The two organizations will work together to study and co-create pathways to Open Research that work for African researchers and stakeholders within the scholarly community ecosystem, while preserving the core tenets of Open Research.
“This is the beginning of an amazing partnership that will support higher education stakeholders in adopting open science, which will help increase their research visibility,” said Joy Owango, Executive Director TCC Africa. “PLOS and TCC Africa have similar objectives in supporting the research and academic community by democratizing research through effective adoption of open science.”
“We are incredibly excited to be working with Joy and TCC Africa. TCC Africa are natural partners for PLOS, as our organizations share the same goals,” said Roheena Anand, Director of Global Publishing Development, PLOS. “We are both committed to furthering open science practice and increasing the representation and inclusion of African research on a global stage, but in ways that are developed with, and therefore work for, local communities.”
About TCC Africa
The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award-winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and registered in Kenya. TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication.
PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. We’ve been breaking boundaries since our founding in 2001. PLOS journals propelled the movement for OA alternatives to subscription journals. We established the first multi-disciplinary publication inclusive of all excellent research regardless of novelty or impact and demonstrated the importance of open data availability. As Open Science advances, we continue to experiment to provide more opportunities, choice, and context for readers and researchers.