[Irtalk] Globalization and Health | Abstract | Open access: academic publishing and its implications for knowledge equity in Kenya

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 14:47:53 SAST 2014

Traditional, subscription-based scientific publishing has its limitations:
often, articles are inaccessible to the majority of researchers in low- and
middle-income countries (LMICs), where journal subscriptions or one-time
access fees are cost-prohibitive. Open access (OA) publishing, in which
journals provide online access to articles free of charge, breaks this
barrier and allows unrestricted access to scientific and scholarly
information to researchers all over the globe. At the same time, one major
limitation to OA is a high publishing cost that is placed on authors.
Following recent developments to OA publishing policies in the UK and even
LMICs, this article highlights the current status and future challenges of
OA in Africa.

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