[Irtalk] FW: Copyright policies of South African publishers

Smith, Ina <ismith@sun.ac.za> ismith at sun.ac.za
Thu Sep 1 14:51:45 SAST 2011

From: Denise Nicholson [mailto:Denise.Nicholson at wits.ac.za]
Sent: 01 September 2011 14:25
To: cserv at juta.co.za
Cc: dudley at publishsa.co.za; pasa at publishsa.co.za
Subject: Copyright policies of South African publishers

Dear Lynne du Toit, CEO of Juta,

Juta is congratulated for publishing the first Open Access book in South Africa for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge Project last year and the educational and library sectors look forward to more Open Access publications from your company and other SA publishers in due course.

Nicol Faasen, now retired from PASA, and I have been in communication this year about copyright policies and institutional repositories.  He suggested that Juta could possibly set the ‘ball rolling’ in getting South African publishers to record their copyright policies with regard to Open Access institutional repositories, as they are not available online for libraries and tertiary institutions to access locally or internationally.

As you may know, most SA universities have institutional repositories and their intent is to be completely copyright compliant when placing material on their repositories.  SHERPA/ROMEO website at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ provides copyright policies of many overseas publishers, and this site is extremely helpful.  SHERPA has agreed to host the policies of South African publishers on their website, if we can coordinate submitting the information to them.

Please could you let me know how Juta can assist in this project so that SA publishers’ policies are listed and sent to SHERPA as soon as possible?  This will also help SA publishers tremendously and reduce admin regarding copyright requests, as anyone wanting to load a SA publication onto an institutional repository can at least check and be certain of the policies, instead of having to write to individual publishers each time they want to load an article or other item on their repositories.

A few SA publishers have already submitted their policies to Elsabe Olivier at the University of Pretoria, who is also involved in this project, and who is assisting with submissions to SHERPA.

Your assistance and cooperation in this matter would be much appreciated.
Denise Nicholson

Denise Nicholson (Mrs)
Copyright Services Librarian,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
The Library, Private Bag X1, WITS, 2050, South Africa
Tel. No. + 27 11 717-1929
Fax No. + 27 11 717-1946
Email Fax: 0865533134


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