[Irtalk] Copyright issues dog academics | Education | M&G

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 12:24:15 SAST 2015

n the publish or perish environment of academia, getting papers into
high-impact international journals is a metric for determining a
researcher’s performance and job prospects.

*But are South African academics legally allowed to sign over copyright,
which is vested in them and in their institutions, to international

These international publishing houses, such as Elsevier and Springer
Nature, are able to make careers by publishing an academic’s work in their
journals, which have high citations (in other words, research published in
these journals will be cited in other academics’ work) and global reach,
but they also have tight control over the way in which the work gets
disseminated and when.

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