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LAUNCH OF CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE EAST AFRICAN JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

The East African Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation (EAJSTI) launched its first call for papers for publication on 3rd April, 2019 in Kampala Uganda.

 EAJSTI is designed as a multidisciplinary, open access and peer review journal, publishing original research of relevance to the East African Community (EAC) region, covering basic and applied research in science, technology and innovation.

 The goal of the Journal is to enhance, advance and disseminate scientific, technological and innovative knowledge that supports regional socio-economic development. The objectives of the journal include:

  1. Supporting the development of evidence based policies;
  2. Providing an avenue for disseminating scientific research and technological findings to researchers, professionals, industry and other stakeholders in the EAC and beyond;
  • Increasing the number and quality of scientific publications from the EAC Partner States;
  1. Advancing and opening up the new frontiers for further research in science, technology and innovation domains;
  2. Enhancing visibility of the regional scientific and technological research, and;
  3. Promoting international recognition of local researchers and professionals.

 It is anticipated that EAJSTI will, among other things, provide a strong forum, linkage and network for exchange of scientific knowledge, technology and innovations that are being generated from Universities, Research Institutions and Industry in East Africa and globally. The EAJSTI will further enhance the sharing of knowledge to its readership as it continues to increase and develop a rich database of research output in science, technology and innovation in a wide thematic area. Given the scarcity of regular and reliable scientific journals in production within the East African region, the EAJSTI will fill this gap and void which is created by the of absence of research outputs available from well recognized and reputable peer-reviewed journals. The EAJSTI will endeavour to support the world-renowned scientists, upcoming scientists and graduate students from both the East African region and globally to continue to publish scientific outputs, new technologies, and innovations.

 The journal will invite articles in the areas of: Agriculture; Food Security and Rural Development; Natural Resources and Environmental Management; Health and Wellbeing Science; Infrastructure; Energy and Industrial Development, and; Information Communication Technology. The journal has been established through collaboration between the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), and the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

 The launch will be preceded by inauguration of the editorial board, which comprises senior scientists from academia, research institutions and the industry. The ceremony will be attended by senior officers from Ministries of East African Community Affairs (MEACAs) in the Partner States, Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation of Uganda, members of the EASTECO Governing Board, and other stakeholders in Science, technology and innovation ecosystem in the region.

 The East African Science and Technology Commission is a semi-autonomous institution of the East African Community, which is mandated to coordinate and promote the development, management and application of Science and Technology in Partner States to support regional integration and socio-economic development. Among other responsibilities, the commission promotes the exchange and utilization of scientific information, and supports the dissemination of research and development findings in Partner States. This is in line with the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community which recognizes the fundamental role of science and technology in economic development and stipulates, in the Chapter 16, Article 103, that the community shall promote cooperation in the development and application of science and technology within the Partner States. ​ Article 80, on industrial development further reinforces the need for development of science and technology to accelerate socio-economic development in the community.