GUIDE: How to cite Africa Check’s research

Africa Check works hard to get the facts out there, so we want others to share our research far and wide. Here’s how to republish our reports, guides and factsheets.

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.

 

  • 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.

© Copyright Africa Check 2018. You may reproduce this piece or content from it for the purpose of reporting and/or discussing news and current events. This is subject to: Crediting Africa Check in the byline, keeping all hyperlinks to the sources used and adding this sentence at the end of your publication: “This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website", with a link back to this page.