[Irtalk] Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections

Ina Smith inacsmith at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 21:47:11 SAST 2014

Laura Czerniewicz <http://www.sajs.co.za/node/34136>  (contact author
Sarah Goodier <http://www.sajs.co.za/author/sarah-goodier>
September/October 2014
Number of pages:
22 September 2014


In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education
research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy
frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in
other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by
two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal
publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal
publishing practices in terms of open access. This case provides the
springboard for considering the implications – both positive and negative –
of global open access trends for South African – and other – research and
researchers. We argue that academics’ engagement with open access and
scholarly communication debates is in their interests as global networked
researchers whose virtual identities and online scholarship are now a
critical aspect of their professional engagement.

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