This podcast encapsulates the vital themes of inclusivity, collaboration, and technological integration in shaping the future of open access and scholarly communication in Africa.
Embracing openness isn't a new concept for us; it's time to showcase Africa's positive impact on the world. | Prof. Kamel Belhamel
As the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) marks two decades of shaping the global open-access infrastructure, Prof. Kamel Belhamel, the DOAJ Ambassador for North Africa, joins our host, Joy Owango as they navigate the impact of DOAJ on the representation of African scientific contributions in the global research landscape.
Transitioning from this broader exploration, Prof. Kamel highlights the persistent challenges faced by African journals in gaining global visibility. Africa accounts for 12.5% of the world’s population. But it produces less than 1% of global research output  This underrepresentation is apparent in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), where out of 20000 indexed journals, only 426 are African.
The conversation not only highlights the challenges faced by African journals but also outlines a roadmap for a more inclusive and culturally sensitive approach to scholarly communication. They conclude that the journey ahead involves amplifying both the quantity and visibility of African journals, forging collaborations, and leveraging technological advancements to propel African research onto the global stage.
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Prof. Kamel Belhamel
Professor Kamel holds the position of Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bejaia, Algeria. Beyond his teaching role, he has been an Ambassador for North Africa with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) since 2016 and is the Editor-in-Chief of the DOAJ-indexed Algerian Journal of Natural Products.
In addition to his editorial duties, he directs the Laboratory of Organic Materials at the University of Bejaia. With significant international experience in managing research projects and coordinating Algerian research initiatives, Professor Kamel Belhamel is a passionate advocate for open-access publishing, leaving a notable imprint in the fields of chemistry and natural products within both the Algerian and global academic communities.