ASSAf Open Access Week 2019 Diary – “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” 21 – 25 October 2019

The following selected activities will run throughout the week:


Webinar for Scholarly Journal Editors:
An SA Journal’s Move to Open Access
In 2018 the South African Journal of Business Management, an ISI listed journal, moved to an Open Access environment. The managing editor will describe the motivation behind it, the process they followed and the responses they’ve had during this journey.
Presenter: Dr Lara Skelly, Research Manager and Head: PhD Business Management and Administration, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Link: http://bit.ly/2Nv7Q3F
Presentation: http://bit.ly/348wOfO

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Webinar for Scholarly Book Publishers:
The Future of Open Access Books and Springer Open Access Portfolio
In this webinar, you will be introduced to the open access books programme and portfolio at Springer Nature. Findings from the recent global survey of more than 2,500 academic book authors on attitudes towards, and awareness of, open access will also be presented (see ‘The Future of Open Access Books’ white paper).
Presenter: Ms Christina Emery, Marketing Manager: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer Open Access Books programmes at Springer Nature, London

Link: http://bit.ly/2pmSUMP
Presentation: http://bit.ly/2PlZsG5

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24 October 2019
ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society on:
‘Is Scholarly Publishing becoming Unaffordable?’ An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Implications of a European Plan S on South African Research
Launched in 2018, Plan S is an initiative by Science Europe for Open Access publishing. The initiative that promotes making full and immediate Open Access a reality, has received much criticism of its implementation guidelines.  There is concern about the transition to this model amongst both commercial publishers and a range of learned society journal publishers. How should South African institutions address the implications of Plan S? What exactly will the potential impact be on researchers and institutional budgets? Will Plan S not just be replacing the barrier to read with a barrier to authorship? Through its panellists, the Roundtable will be one of many efforts to understand this contentious subject and the related issues.
Moderator: Prof Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor of Education, Stellenbosch University & President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Enquiries: renate@assaf.org.za

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Webinar for Scholarly Book Publishers:
Getting the Best out of Data for Open Access Monograph Presses
This webinar will discuss the importance of ensuring that open access scholarly books are visible and easily discoverable on the net and outline steps that can be taken by publishers to maximise visibility. The presenter will also briefly explore the challenges of collecting data about how, where and why open access books are used and provide examples of community-led efforts to support publishers in making the most of data associated with digital books.
Presenter: Mr Alkim Ozaygen, Research Associate: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Link: http://bit.ly/2PoidIU
Presentation: http://bit.ly/349zPMR



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