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South African responses to Open Access publishing: a survey of the research community

Fullard, Allison

Abstract:
Open access publishing offers wide benefits to the scholarly community and may also afford relief to financially embattled academic libraries. The progress of the open access model rests upon the acceptance and validation of open access journals and open archives or institutional repositories by the academic mainstream, particularly by publishing researchers. To what extent are the key actors in the South African research system aware of the advantages of open access? This article reports on the findings of a recent survey undertaken to assess the current awareness, concerns and depth of support for open access amongst local researchers, research managers and policy makers in South Africa. The study focuses on issues of quality, article or author charges and the established academic reward system. It concludes that within the prevailing framework, there is little prospect that academics would choose to publish within open access journals. Recommendations for advocacy by the library community are proposed.

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Document Title: South African responses to Open Access publishing: a survey of the research community
Journal: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science
Volume: 73
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 40-50


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Publishing, Open Access, Rewards, Researchers, Research Management, Survey, South Africa


File Size:109 KB
Rights:Self-archived
Date Added:25 July 2007


Fullard, Allison (2007). South African responses to open access publishing: a survey of the research community.South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science,73 (1):40-50.