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GUIDE: How to cite Africa Check’s research

At Africa Check we love facts. And we love it just as much when people share the facts we check. We don’t want our research to live only on our website. It is only useful if it is distributed widely.

As our audience and reach have grown, more media outlets have shared our work.

This guide explains how to republish our work or cite it in a story.

Call us Africa Check, not...

Our name is Africa Check. It’s not AfriCheck, Africa Fact Check or AfricaCheck - a few of the variations we’ve seen.

We’re a non-partisan organisation working to promote accuracy and honesty in public debate and the media in Africa. We do this by fact-checking claims in the public domain and publishing guides and factsheets.

And how should you refer to our staff? Our editorial team is made up of editors and researchers. You can see a detailed list of our staff and their titles on our website.

Republish at the click of a button

Instead of doing all of the steps we outline below manually, you can just use the handy code generator on the right of each of our fact-checking reports. Simply type in your name, surname and email address and click the button to get the HTML sharing code, which already contains all the hyperlinks, verdicts and credits as they are in our articles. You can then go ahead and plug this into your website’s back-end, and voilà!

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If you would rather do it the good old manual way, read on.

When you republish, terms and conditions apply

All our fact-checking reports, factsheets and guides can be republished in full for free.

We require that you credit “Africa Check” in the byline and include the following sentence at the end of the article, with a link back to the original page:

“This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website.”

Save the hyperlinks!

When you republish a report, include all its hyperlinks.

We are signatories to the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles. The principles require us to be transparent about our sources and methods of research. Linking to original sources is an easy and effective way to do this.

And if you mention our fact-checks, factsheets and guides in your stories, link to them as well. This gives your readers the opportunity to examine the data for themselves.

‘According to Africa Check’ is usually a no-no

If you use statistics or research from our reports, attribute them to the correct source - not us. We don’t do our own research. We use publicly available research to fact-check claims in the public domain.

It’s incorrect to say “according to Africa Check, more than 109 rapes were reported each day on average during 2016/17”. It should be “according to the South African Police Service”. They were responsible for collecting and releasing the data.

Why does this matter? First, it is an issue of accuracy - we don’t do crime-recording!

Second, giving the correct source helps readers understand the data better. If they know the source of the information they can decide if they trust it or not. They will also know where to start if they want to find out more.

We always state where data comes from in our reports (with hyperlinks!), so it is easy to see who you should attribute. If you have any doubts, you can shoot us an email or tweet us.

Beware of dated data

We’ve been in the fact-checking game since 2012. When reports are published they are accurate at that time. Unfortunately, data does not age well. The report may need to be updated or it may be the only information still available.

Before you pull a statistic from our website, please check that it is the most recent data. You can do that by looking at our factsheets or you can get in touch with us. We are happy to point you in the direction of newer data, if it is available.

Send us a link

We love seeing where our work ends up so send us a link if you republish our reports or cite our research. We use this information to track the impact of the work we do.

Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

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