Open Access Publishing In Africa Oaspa

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Presentation by panelist Pierre de Villiers, AOSIS, for OASPA hosted webinar: A Q &A with five publishers working with Open Access on 20 October 2009. www.oaspa.org

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Open Access Publishing In Africa Oaspa

  1. 1. Open Access Publishing in the African Context Progress, challenges, opportunities Pierre JT de Villiers Managing director: OpenJournals Publishing African Online Scientific Information Systems (AOSIS)
  2. 2. AOSIS - OpenJournals Publishing (est. 2005) • First open access publisher in RSA • Portfolio – 22 journals • Full publishing service • Online, open source technology: OJS • Article processing fees/sponsorship • Continuing professional development www.openjournals.net
  3. 3. Current situation (OA) • African Journals Online (AJOL) – 360 Peer reviewed journals - 26 countries • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – 4366 journals  54 African – Nigeria (19), RSA (14) • SABINET (RSA): 44/264 (17%) • Own research 2009: RSA 59/253 (23%)
  4. 4. The impetus for OA in Africa Report on a Strategic Approach to Research Publishing in South Africa. Academy of Science of SA, 2006 ARL statistics
  5. 5. Libraries brace for big cuts In the face of the downturn, libraries and publishers brace for big cuts By Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born -- Library Journal, 4/15/2009
  6. 6. Internet access in Africa RSA = 9.4%
  7. 7. Other Challenges • Prestige of toll periodicals – Established toll journals (ISI) with impact factors – Pressure from institutions/review panels – Misinformation on quality of OA journals • Ability to pay “article processing fees” – Limited research funding – Poor institutional support • Lack of computing skills – editors, reviewers, readers
  8. 8. Opportunities • Sharing African research with the world – Exposure through OA – Bypass “northern bias” in indexes • Most journals small & sponsored – OA viable for many • OA can make a local journal truly international
  9. 9. SA Family Practice (SJR) 0.038 SCImago. (2007). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank. Retrieved August 24, 2008, from http://www.scimagojr.com
  10. 10. South Africa – Government support •Open access publishing platform •Quality journals (auditing) •Measuring impact
  11. 11. Costs, productivity (OJS)
  12. 12. AOSIS – OJP “moving mountains in Africa” www.openjournals.net

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