Presentation on theme: "Open Access Scholarly Publishing in South Africa: The AOSIS Perspective Pierre JT de Villiers, MB, ChB, PhD Managing Director African Online Scientific."— Presentation transcript:
Open Access Scholarly Publishing in South Africa: The AOSIS Perspective Pierre JT de Villiers, MB, ChB, PhD Managing Director African Online Scientific Information Systems (AOSIS)
Outline Context: AOSIS South African response to OA Current issues
South Africa – quick facts Population: 53m Size: 2X France GNI/C - $7,190 Unemployment = 25–36% Public universities: 25 Students at universities = >1m Research publications = 10,056 (2011), 33 rd in world rank Severe skills shortage, poor basic education
Government funding for research output - 2013 Total govt university funding: $2 billion (GDP = $350,6): o,57% “Policy and Procedures for Measurement 0f Research Output of Public Higher Education Institutions” – 2003 Block Subsidy: $85m, (Unit = $10,500) ▫Journal articles = 7403 ▫Books = 331 ▫Conference Proceedings = 351
“Accredited” journals (262) 2003 - 2014 ▫RSA DOE list – application process (202) ▫ISI (Thompson Reuters WoS)/IBSS (60) 2015 (?) ▫Scielo SA ▫Scopus ▫Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals ▫RSA list = “developmental” (5 years)
March 2006 “Report on a Strategic Approach to Research Publishing in South Africa” GOAL: to help develop and maintain a robust national system of innovation that contributes materially to the sustainable prosperity of all South Africa’s people.
ASSAf peer review panels (140) Completed – since 2010 Agricultural & basic life sciences (19) Social sciences (12) Law (24) Health and related medical sciences (35) Religion, Theology and related fields (24) In progress Humanities (28)
Scielo.org.za Est. 2009 Open access, searchable, full-text repository (part of Brazilian system) RSA journals Free to participate (tax payer funded) “High quality” journals = 46/180:(25%) – peer review panels
Institutional support Berlin Declaration: RSA 14, ROF 22 Institutional repositories: RSA 24 Limited APC funds: Univ. Pretoria
Current issues Perception of poor quality of OA “Science” Sting! Journal high-jacking “Bothalia” Impact Factor “pressure” vs OA encouragement - Govt & Univ Public-funded institutions taking on publishing roles (universities, scielo?), against backdrop of higher demands on Fiscus (Govt debt of GDP= 46%) – sustainable?