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  *Call for participation*

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
(CODESRIA) promote social science research and knowledge production, the
publication and dissemination of research outcomes and organises forums for
discussing and sharing of ideas in order to influence the improvement of
the living conditions of African populations. The Council hereby announces
the fourth in its electronic publishing conference series. This year’s
theme focuses on open access publishing model with particular appeal to its
possible impact on the future knowledge economy in Africa.

Open Access Movement is a timely initiative to transform global relations
and means of knowledge production, dissemination and use based on the power
of information technologies to enforce free and timeous flow of scholarly
content. Using digital media to circulate scholarly information creates a
direct linkage between scholars/authors and the public, facilitating a free
flow of ideas and information vital to the process of scientific inquiry,
and in turn to the ability of individuals and communities and institutions
to address economic, environmental and social development issues, both
regionally and globally.

Alongside this consciousness however was the alarming serial crisis namely
historically royalty-free and publicly-funded scholarly publications were
no more accessible to the public on the ground of soaring cost. The biggest
and richest universities in the world were closing their branch libraries
and had cut their subscriptions because the prices of journals were rising
above inflation rates. The publisher which entered academic publishing
realm primarily to relieve scholars of the tedion of packaging and
circulating research findings and whose role in this regard has been
monumental, had gone rentier, mounting incredible pay walls on scholarly
journals and possessing research reports they receive from researchers and
refine this information through the peer review accoutrements of the
researchers, all *gratis.* In an effort to cut costs and consolidate
services, many research universities have closed small special branch
libraries. The situation is worse in Africa. No universities in the world
can afford any subscription of even a new print journal - the libraries are
rather over flooded with back numbers and any subscriptions are bundled
with journals that require to be pushed out of the stock of the publishers.

The Open Access Movement is now more than a decade old, posting several
milestones in the face of surreptitious conflicts and oppositions.  A major
milestone of the movement is that people around the world now have
increased access to scholarly publications. In addition to this, there is
observed increasing empowerment, and radical socialization and
democratization of knowledge from below as opposed to the prevailing
statist nationalization and concentration of knowledge production in the
developed North. Individuals, enterprises, and institutions currently
participate in the production of knowledge thus promoting social equality
in human knowledge production and management enterprises to all.

Africa has benefitted from and contributed to the movement. Based on the
listing of Directory of Open Access Journals, the oldest closed access
journal to migrate to the open access platform is Egypt’s *Psyche (A
Journal of Enthomology)* which debuted in 1874. However, Africa has
contributed only 6% to the 10152 journals listed in DOAJ as at 2014, and
only 20 of Africa’s 56 countries have journals that are listed in the DOAJ.
Generally though, there exists open access consciousness in the region, but
it is marked mainly by access to and use of free scholarly information
available in the web. Many open access publishing activities are
amateurish, fragmented and unorganised. There is no Africa regional accent
to the meaning, definition and content of open access scholarship. Many
institutions and organisations have no open access statements, and there
are no clear directions about their positions on the contending issues in
the movement. Also, the African social science community appears complacent
about the significant role of the movement to the dissemination of its
research outcomes. Above all however, there is the reluctance of African
governments and institutions to contribute in the definition and content of
the global open access project.

The open access situation in Africa cannot be isolated from the underside
of the movement resonating the global structure of*biopolitical* production
– of ideas, information, images, knowledges, codes, affects, social
relations, forms of life and *dispositifs*. For example the promise that
the cyberspace will reproduce the core and periphery in matters of
‘immaterial and reproducible property’ appears not to have taken the
‘capitalist biopower’ into consideration. The basic contestations about
asymmetrical power and representation, and the geopolitics of hegemonic and
subaltern knowledge production and its epistemologies, validation and
dissemination on a global scale persists, even in the open access movement.
Within the consciousness of the significance of the coloniality of
knowledge/power on knowledge economy in the developing world, there is
the increasing tendency that open access in Africa orchestrates perversion
in the global ‘academic ecology’ of knowledge production. While language
and technology, and amateurish/apprenticeship publishing business skill and
activities of subverts and spoof initiatives, might puncture the strides of
local open access publishers in Africa and elsewhere, but much of open
access publishing initiatives in Africa are classed as predatory.

The CODESRIA Open Access Conference will be a gathering of a broad spectrum
of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common
concern about critical issues relating to open access in Africa in
contemporary global society. This conference promises to push the
boundaries of open access scholarship in Africa and the world, explore core
concepts and ideas, and help identify new technological and conceptual
configurations. It will provide a rare opportunity for academics,
librarians, publishers and policy-makers to come together for dialogues.
Scholars, publishers and various information practitioners will discuss new
research directions, methods and theories, and reflect upon the
evolutionary issues about open access and their implications on research
dissemination in Africa.

With this scope in mind, the major topics of interest include, but not
limited to:

·         Open access in the context of Africa

·         Value-added and marketing of African scientific information in
the open access era

·         Afro sensitive open access business models

·         Africa  in the emerging global politics of open access

·         Roles of institutions and governments in the open access movement
in Africa

·         Copyright and licensing regimes

·         Opening indigenous knowledges

·         Quality control in open access publishing in Africa

·         Open access and the Africa’s knowledge economy

·         Open access politics

The conference will feature Workshops on repositories, open journal
systems, open access policies, open access advocacy approaches and open
data issues. There will also be a Doctoral Colloquium
<http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/doctoral-colloquium/> and a Social
Media Expo <http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/social-media-expo/>.

*Call for Papers*

We invite researchers worldwide to submit original *full research papers*,
*research-in-progress* or *posters* within the area of open access, with a
special emphasis on the future of knowledge economy in Africa. Papers in
the completed research category should be maximum of fifteen pages,
including references. Papers in the Early Work/Preliminary Results
subcategory should b e a maximum of ten pages, including references.
Submissions will be refereed in a double-blind process.

More information on each subcategory follows.

*Completed Research*

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

·         Empirical investigations

·         Theories and models

*Early Work/Preliminary Results/thesis and dissertation in progress*

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

·         Emerging analysis in quantitative or qualitative papers

·         Conceptual descriptions


CODESRIA will provide funding support to paper presenters who show evidence
that they are unable to cater for their participation. All non-paper
presenting participants will pay a registration fee of 150USD to cover
to the panels, conference packages and workshops only; such participants
will cater fend their feeding.


·         Submission deadline: December 30, 2015

·         Notification: Early January

·         Final version due: February 14, 2016

*Submission information*

Submission has already started. Please visit our Author Instructions Page
<http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/author-instructions/> for
complete submission guidelines. Please note the following:

·         Authors retain copyright to their work

·         All submissions must be in English or French

·         All submissions must be original work not published elsewhere be
under review in a journal, conference, or other publication venue before
the review process is complete

·         Authors should be prepared to provide keywords with their

·         All author-identifying information must be removed from
submissions to facilitate blind review

·         Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, it will not be
published elsewhere prior to presentation at the conference

·         Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, only one author
will be invited to participate in the conference

·         We reserve the right to withhold publication in the Proceedings
if at least one author does not register

·         Submitters agree not to submit the same work to different
conference tracks (for example, submitting the exact same work as a paper
and a poster)

·         Accepted work will be published as part of the official
proceedings of the conference, or other.

Inquiries: For any enquiries contact:


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