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  • 1. The importance of OpenAccess research publishing in developing countries Eve Gray Stellenbosch University Open Access Seminar 2011
  • 2. A publisher’s perspective
  • 3. publishing = strategy
  • 4. at a digital crossroads...offering new opportunities for easy, fast, global knowledge distributionSome rights reserved by mrhayata
  • 5. in an African context in which conventional scholarly publishing is of marginal viability
  • 6. How can we leverage digital potential and OA to deliver the wider opportunities we seek? Some rights reserved by Sean MacEntee
  • 7. ‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promote genderequity? How can knowledge be considered in theAfrican context to address child mortality andimprove maternal health?’Nahas Angula, Namibian Prime Minister, UNESCO 29th Conference onHigher Education, 2009 Photo: coda Damien du Toit
  • 8. Our universities, in particular, should be directing theirresearch focus to address the development andsocial needs of our communities. The impact oftheir research should be measured by how muchdifference it makes to the needs of our communities,rather than by just how many international citationsresearchers receive in their publications.Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, at the UNESCO World Conferenceon Higher Education in 2010
  • 9. Open access has the potential to open up research publication for wider development impactSome rights reserved by
  • 10. and yet this does not seem to be delivering the impact the policymakers seek Some rights reserved by jessicamelling
  • 11. We live on a huge continent
  • 12. but have a tiny share of scientific output
  • 13. Science Research - 2001http://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  • 14. but what do we mean by ‘output’?
  • 15. The dual mission of African universities What the university wants is profile in the ISI and other indexes in the interests of enhancing its reputation and prestige. But the university must be relevant to its context in Botswana and in the region. It therefore needs a double pronged approach - enhancing local relevance and at the same time seeking to increase the quality of the journals and other outputs. Prof I N Mazonde, Research Office, University of Botswana, 2011
  • 16. one kind of ‘output’dominates researchpublishing policy ...
  • 17. and one dominant metric
  • 18. driven by the search for enhanced prestige and competitiveness Some rights reserved by Marquis Lewis
  • 19. ‘green route’ repositories make published articles accessible
  • 20. but the quest for localrelevance remains at the periphery
  • 21. and ‘the article’ becomes equated with ‘scholarly publication’
  • 22. The result of this policy focus is tunnel vision... CC attribution licence
  • 23. ...which pays attentionto only a small segment of the publishing ecosystem..
  • 24. the tip of the iceberg - formal publishing
  • 25. international journal companies dominate
  • 26. NAGPS: A Summary of the FRPAA and Open Access Debate (2010)
  • 27. but mainstream publishers are using OA material and social media to transform their offerings
  • 28. university presses constrainedby a lingering (but erroneous) belief that university presses can be profitable businesses
  • 29. but...
  • 30. O A journals are growing and becoming mainstream
  • 31. more sympathetic todeveloping country issues
  • 32. In South Africa, government- supported journal OA
  • 33. ...raising quality through national initiatives...
  • 34. OA scholarly presses - the HSRC Press
  • 35. Academy of Science programme for scholarlybooks (open access) supported by DoHET
  • 36. Could open access online scholarly book publishing revive the publication ofserious long-form scholarship?
  • 37. public funding would be needed
  • 38. Below the waterline
  • 39. informal, development-focusedpolicy papers,research reportsand publications have been OA for decades
  • 40. open data links to national programmes
  • 41. ‘translations’ of research for community and national development
  • 42. Does ‘grey literature’need to be redefined?
  • 43. but most tellingly
  • 44. radical new journal models emerge
  • 45. Mark Patterson, CERNOAI17 2011
  • 46. Mark Patterson, CERN OAI17 2011
  • 47. the journal article is becomingpart of the research continuum
  • 48. a ‘hub’ rather than a final stand-alone outcome
  • 49. and finally, new measures arebeing developed to evaluate a wider range os scholarship
  • 50. do we need to get on boardthe ‘altmetrics’ bandwagon?
  • 51. Would it be in our interest toleapfrog to the cutting edge of the 21st century?
  • 52. REFERENCESAltmetrics: A Manifesto (2011) Hannay (Nature Publishing), Publishing Open Content (video) 2008. Produced by Belsizen3ws. Laakso, P Welling, H Bukvova, L Nyman, B-C Björk B-C, et al. (2011) The Development of OpenAccess Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.002096 S McGuigan and Robert D Russell, The Business of Academic Publishing: A Strategic Analysisof the Academic Journal Publishing Industry and its Impact on the Future of Scholarly Publishing.Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship 9 (3) 2008 Patterson, Re-engineering the functions of journals. CERN OAI17 Conference, Geneva 22-24June 2011.