[IRTalk] Scientists and subscription journals tussling for power/Fatima Arkin

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Mon Jun 25 19:32:24 SAST 2018

Dear African Open Science Platform Colleagues

Great to learn that there is more adoption for openness among researchers, and support for open access journals! For a list of trusted high quality open access journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)<https://doaj.org/>. Editors can further explore using PKP OJS<https://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/> to host African journals (PKP OJS is open source software, and used by journals worldwide – code open for African developers to install and also contribute/give back to the community). It would be great to see African journals publishing and managing African research to address African problems and find African solutions, complemented by research done elsewhere in the world, and aligning with research elsewhere, in an online, open and transparent environment. PKP OJS also has a Dataverse<https://dataverse.org/> Plugin to upload data sets in support of research articles – making the research data openly available for others to build on existing research, what AOSP<http://africanopenscience.org.za/> is further promoting.

In a presentation by Jean-Claude Burgelmann<https://www.slideshare.net/AfricanOpenSciencePl/os-in-fp9jc-burgelman> on the implementation of a European Research Cloud (endorsed by EU Ministers<https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/eu-ministers-endorse-commissions-plans-research-cloud-2018-may-29_en>), one of the proposed actions included researchers being reimbursed for APCs when publishing in OA journals listed in DOAJ.

It is indeed interesting times, and very exciting to monitor progress in terms of openness throughout the research lifecycle.

Scientists and subscription journals tussling for power/Fatima Arkin


“A recent controversy triggers long-standing debate over subscription vs open- access journals. Fatima Arkin reports.

Scientists are getting more and more interested in open-access journals. They see the advantages: more citations of their work, and a favourable eye from publishers<https://www.scidev.net/global/communication/publishing/>, especially those based in Europe, who face political pressure to veer towards open access.

But two years shy of a deadline set by the European Union to make all publicly funded scientific papers in the region open-access, some publishers continue to introduce new subscription-based journals — and in the process, face pushback from the global scientific community.”

Ina Smith
Project Manager: African Open Science Platform<http://africanopenscience.org.za/>
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
DOAJ Ambassador, Southern Africa Region<https://blog.doaj.org/2016/09/07/the-doaj-ambassadors-biographies/>
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