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ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Programme: January 2017 Communique

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Team, I would like to wish you all the best for the year. We are looking forward working and learning along with you, in taking high quality Open Access scholarly publishing (incl. scholarly communication) forward, contributing to our research output having a bigger impact on the world of science. We expect another full year, but are always ready to assist where needed. If you need to get in touch, please do not hesitate to do so. Please scroll down for a reminder of who we are, and what we do.

Newly Appointed Editors
A warm welcome to all the newly appointed scholarly journal editors! Please feel free to introduce yourselves, and get in touch with us. We would also like to keep our database with contact information up to date. A kind request therefore to please forward any changes in editors for our information. Thank you very much for assisting with this task.

DHET Accredited Lists
These lists are issued by the DHET, and will also be sent to the research offices at institutions. Once we have more information, we will certainly share from our side also. Contact person at DHET: Walter Ntuli Ntuli.W@dhet.gov.za

Following just a brief summary of our highlights from the last quarter of 2016.

SciELO SA
Our SciELO SA collection consisting of 65 Open Access journal titles, has grown in usage – from 1 331 849 site visits on 31 December 2015 to 1 711 094 site visits on 31 December 2016. This collection – which has been accessed more than 5.5 million times – received a positive evaluation during 2016 and remains to be accredited.

National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum
A National Scholarly Book Publishers’ Forum meeting was held on 6 December 2016, during which Open Monograph Press as a monograph publishing system was introduced to publishers, among others.

Peer-review of scholarly journals
Reviews have been completed of journals in the Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts group (10 journals), Communications, Information Science and Knowledge Systems group (14 journals), and Engineering and Architecture group (15 journals). The reports are currently being finalized.

National Site License
A business case for a National Site License for higher education institutions and research councils to have equal access to a core set of research databases was approved by the Executive Committee of the Department of Science and Technology. The business case will now be advanced to the Minister for final approval and recommendation to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

International Open Access Week 24 – 28 October 2016
• A blog article was authored and published on the SPARC Blog: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) influencing the direction of open science in SA
• A paper was presented to the SA National School of Government (27 October 2016): Your research matters: increasing visibility, usage and impact
• A paper was presented during the North West University Open Access Day on 28 October 2016: Your research matters: increasing visibility, usage and impact
• ASSAf was represented at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) meeting on 12 December 2016, Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton, Cape Town. Important networks were established and ASSAf SPU is looking forward to future initiatives in collaboration with ICSTI member countries.
• The ASSAf Research and Publication Repository was launched in support of International Open Access Week. The repository can be access at http://research.assaf.org.za/ . During the pilot period 5 items were uploaded to the repository, which were well received by the media and scholarly community.

Open Science Initiatives
The African Open Science Platform initiative that seeks to put into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open Science was launched during SFSA 2016.
The Platform will play a critical role to assist African countries in developing the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data for the benefit of society
ASSAf and CODATA organised a side-event workshop and a parallel session at Science Forum South Africa. The programmes for these events are linked below.
• African Open Science Platform Side Event: a forum for conversations on data policy, data training and data infrastructure, 6 December 2016
• African Open Science Platform Side Event: Conversations around Openness in African Research, Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, 7 December 2016
Other events in which ASSAf SPU participated in preparation for the initiative include:
• International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) & Pre-ICRI, 2-4 Oct 2016
• International Research Conference on Scientometrics, STI Policy and Science Communication, 31 October – 3 November 2016
A webinar on the African Open Science Platform was presented to the Network of Data & Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) on 19 October 2016.
A survey was created to share with the data community, in an effort to collect data about data initiatives and activities on the African continent.

SA Open Science Policy Workshop
A workshop intended to prepare recommendations towards the preparation of a White Paper on Open Research in South Africa, was hosted in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Cameron Neylon, and well attended by policymakers and key stakeholders from SA research institutions. The report is in the process of being compiled.
• Open Research South Africa: high-level stakeholder meeting on Open Research, 12 December 2016
• An opinion piece was written by Eve Gray on behalf of ASSAf and appeared in the Mail and Guardian (December 9th, 2016), Open access, open data, open science

Evaluation of African Institutional Repositories
ASSAf has partnered with the Association of African Universities (AAU) to compile an evaluation instrument for the evaluation of African institutional repositories, aligned with instruments used globally, but adapted for an African context. Once approved, the repositories will be included for harvesting through DATAD-R (Database of African Theses and Dissertations, incl. Research), which is a DSpace OAI-PMH compliant harvester, used to harvest quality metadata from African institutional repositories, containing theses and dissertations, as well as peer-reviewed research articles.

Open Journal Initiatives
In addition to SciELO SA, ASSAf SPU continues to assist 5 SciELO SA journals to be managed and published online, using Open Journal Systems open source software. The journals have been managed on this platform for 12 months now, and the platform remains to be stable, trusted and financially sustainable. Although there is a huge need among other scholarly journals to be supported in a similar way, ASSAf does not have the human or financial resources to do so.
ASSAf continued to provide training and support where needed:
• Training provided to editorial members of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 5 October 2016, University of Pretoria.
• OJS Workshop to editors from the University of the Free State, 18 – 19 October 2016, University of the Free State.
• 9 Webinars were presented on best practice scholarly journal publishing during November 2016. This was a collaborative effort between DOAJ and ASSAf.
• As a DOAJ Ambassador, ASSAf continues to assist with the rigorous evaluation involved in Open Access journal publishing, evaluating Open Access journals for possible inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
• ASSAf participated together with DOAJ in a webinar which was hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA). The webinar was used to share experiences regarding publishing practices and challenges in the global South.
• ASSAf SPU continues to send out frequent Communiques to the National Scholarly Editors Forum via its mailing list, and also shares information via the ASSAf SPU Blog.
• The ASSAf SPU wiki is maintained and serves as a valuable tool for reference by scholarly publishers worldwide.

Awards
During the LIASA Conference 8-14 Oct 2016, Ina Smith was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016.

This all from us for now. We will remain in touch, and continue to communicate important information via our web, blog and wiki.

Kind regards
Susan

OJS Journal Hosting Solution (PKP Publishing Services)

In addition to Scholar One (by Thomson Reuters), OJS (non-profit open source software) also offers a journal hosting service through the creator of the software, PKP Publishing Services, should you want to explore hosting with them. See https://pkpservices.sfu.ca/content/journal-hosting

For an annual fee PKP offers the following (basic package $ 850.00 or R 12 179.00 per annum):

  • install OJS on their servers
  • get you started with initial setup and training support
  • provide daily backups (seven days incremental, other regimens available for an additional fee)
  • upgrade the software
  • ensure that your content is highly visible on the web.

Alternatively, OJS software can be downloaded on an institutional server, or hosted on a server in the cloud (e.g. the ASSAf OJS Journals).

DOAJ Status of SA Open Access Journals

Dear Editors of SA Open Access Journals

Thank you to all who have applied for scholarly journals to be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). We hope for this list to become one of the first starting points when authors look for an open access journal to publish in, or for readers to find information in, or for funders to provide funding for research published in scholarly journals.

Following investigation, we found that only 68 South African scholarly journals are currently in the DOAJ system, at various stages. 36 of the 68 have already been approved and listed. This is a small portion compared to the 154 SA scholarly journal titles that are available as Open Access. A journal is regarded as Open Access when the full text can be accessed without having to pay or to register, with the articles submitted peer-reviewed before publication. There are also many other criteria these journals need to adhere to before being included.

Below the list of journals already included in the DOAJ. You are most welcome to continue to apply for inclusion if you haven’t done so yet. Contact us anytime should you need assistance with the process.

 

Journals in DOAJ System Accepted before March 2014 (need to reapply) Accepted after March 2014 (adheres to the recent DOAJ criteria) DOAJ Seal (adheres to additional criteria) Completed (waiting for final decision by DOAJ main editor) In Progress (still being evaluated)
Acta Commercii   x x    
African East-Asian Affairs x     x  
African Evaluation Journal   x x    
African Invertebrates       x  
African Journal of Business Ethics   x      
African Journal of Disability   x x    
African Journal of Health Professions Education   x      
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine   x x    
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine   x x    
African Population Studies x     x  
African Vision & Eye Health   x x    
Akroterion x       x
Bothalia   x      
Clean Air Journal       x  
Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning   x      
Curationis x     x  
Education as Change   x      
Health SA x        
HTS Theological Studies x     x  
In die Skriflig x     x  
Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology x        
Jamba   x x    
Journal of Student Affairs in Africa   x      
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association   x x    
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management   x x    
Koedoe x     x  
Koers x       x
Law, Democracy & Development x     x  
Lexikos x     x  
Literator   x      
Missionalia   x      
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif x     x  
Old Testament Essays   x      
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research   x x    
Orion   x      
Per Linguam x       x
Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal   x      
Pythagoras   x x    
Reading & Writing   x x    
Review of Science, Mathematics & ICT Education         x
SA Heart Journal x       x
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology   x x    
Scientia Militaria x     x  
Scriptura x       x
South African Computer Journal   x      
South African Journal of Bioethics and Law   x      
South African Journal of Chemistry   x      
South African Journal of Childe Health         x
South African Journal of Communication Disorders   x x    
South African Journal of Critical Care       x  
South African Journal of Education       x  
South African Journal of Human Resource Management x     x  
South African Journal of Industrial Engineering x     x  
South African Journal of Information Management x     x  
South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science x     x  
South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology         x
South African Journal of Physiotherapy   x x    
South African Journal of Radiology   x x    
South African Journal of Science x     x  
South African Journal of Science & Technology   x x    
South African Journal of Sports Medicine   x      
South African Medical Journal       x  
Southern African Business Review x       x
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine   x x    
Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics   x      
Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus   x      
Verbum et Ecclesia   x x    
Water SA x     x  

 

 

Series of SA & African Webinars on Open Access Journal Publishing

webinar

Dear Librarians, Editors, Journal Managers, Researchers, Metadata Editors, Research Officials, and more

During the past week individuals and institutions all over the world have demonstrated many ways of putting “open in action”, during International Open Access Week celebrations worldwide. Support for open access to publicly funded research is growing every day, and it is possible because of the Internet and open source software available, bringing down the operational costs. Through openly sharing quality research output with others, research can have a higher visibility, usage and impact.

We would like to make use of the opportunity to invite all to a series of online (free) webinars, in further sharing ways on how to publish high quality open access scholarly journals. This is an initiative from the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and will cover the following:

Date Time Webinar Topic Presenter Language
4 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Recording (recorded from the part on where to apply for inclusion) & Slides
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Recording (recorded from the part on where to apply for inclusion) & Slides
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
11 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Using OJS to manage & publish your open access journal

Slides & Recording
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00ST Webinar: Using OJS to manage & publish your open access journal

Slides & Recording
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
18 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Criteria for high quality OA journals

Slides & Recording
Susan Veldsman
ASSAf
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Criteria for high quality OA journals

Slides & Recording
Susan Veldsman
ASSAf
English
24 November 2016 13:00 GMT+1 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Slides & Recording

Kamel Belhamel
University of Bejaia, Algeria/ DOAJ Ambassador
French
25 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Monitoring and evaluating the impact of your open access journal

Slides & Recording

To be confirmed English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Monitoring and evaluating the impact of your open access journal

Slides & Recording

To be confirmed English

Please register and indicate the preferred sessions you would like to attend. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation on how to connect on the day of the webinar. Requirements: stable Internet access, sound (speakers), Chrome/Firefox Internet Browser. Please make sure all technology works beforehand, and test all.

Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/DITMpGve1xFWYNh03 . Guidelines for joining a webinar: http://journals.assaf.org.za/blog/webinar/

Looking very much forward to all from Africa joining us for this exciting series in taking Open Access forward on our continent, and making high quality African research output more visible!

Put “open into action” – apply for inclusion in the DOAJ this Open Access Week!

doaj

Dear Colleagues

African research is sometimes not well documented, not visible, and sometimes not accessible enough. We would very much like to help in getting South African and African open access journals adhering to the requirements for listing, registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). All SciELO SA journals already adhere to the basic requirements, and to assist you, we have compiled recommended responses to the questions on the DOAJ application form. You are most welcome to copy and paste from here, where applicable. Also – if the journal does not adhere to all the criteria, it is not the end. Where possible, I have indicated the most important criteria with a * No long answers are required, and it can be completed in less than an hour.

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  1. Journal Title*
    The name of your journal, e.g. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal
  2. URL*
    The primary/home web address for your journal, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per. All open access online journals have web addresses.
  3. Alternative Title
    A previous title or abbreviated title or translation, e.g. Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad. If none, leave open.
  4. Journal ISSN (print version)
    If your journal was/is still published in print, provide the print ISSN, e.g. 1021-447X. If you don’t know the ISSN, please contact ASSAf or the National Library of SA. Also display somewhere on your web page if any.
  5. Journal ISSN (online version)*
    E.g. 2413-3051. All journals online available should have a unique ISSN for the online version, separate from the print version. If you don’t know the ISSN, please contact ASSAf or the National Library of SA. Also display somewhere on your web page.
  6. Publisher*
    The name of the institution/society/department publishing the journal, e.g. North-West University. Faculty of Law or Energy Research Centre.
  7. Society/Institution*
    The name of the institution/society/department owning the journal, e.g. North-West University. Faculty of Law or Energy Research Centre. It can be identical to the publisher.
  8. Platform/Host/Aggregator*
    How is your journal published in the online environment? Is it done using a simple web page, or software such as OJS? If the journal is only available via SciELO, the answer is SciELO.
  9. Name of contact for this journal*
    Name and surname of the journal editor at this point in time.
  10. Contact’s email address*
    Email address for the editor.
  11. Confirm contact’s email address*
    Retype the email address in 10.
  12. In which country is the publisher of the journal based?*
    South Africa
  13. Does the journal have Article Processing Charges (APCs)?*
    In other words, do you require authors to pay a certain amount once their articles have been approved for publication? If not, say so, and explicitly state it on the journal specific web page.
  14. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address where information can be found on APCs charged. Also mention on this page if no APCs apply. Mention fees per article, and not per page. If per page, mention how many pages the average article consists of.
  15. Amount
    The amount per article charged, which the author/s has/have to pay once the article is approved for publication.
  16. Currency
    ZAR
  17. Does the journal have Article Submission Charges?*
    In other words, do you require authors to pay a certain amount when submitting an article, even before being peer-reviewed, and before being approved for publication? If not, say so, and explicitly state it on the journal specific web page.
  18. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address where information can be found on ASCs charged. Also mention on this page if no ASCs apply. Mention fees per article, and not per page. If per page, mention how many pages the average article consists of.
  19. Amount
    The amount per article charged, which the author/s has/have to pay when submitting an article for possible publication.
  20. Currency
    ZAR
  21. How many research and review articles did the journal publish in the last calendar year?*
    Count the number of articles published in 2015, and type the number.
  22. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Type the web address of the page that contains links to the 2015 issues, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/issue/archive
  23. Does the journal have a waiver policy (for developing country authors etc)?
    A waiver policy excludes authors from paying Article Processing/Submission Charges, if they cannot afford it, but still have a worthy article they think should be published. Indicate what the journal specific policy is in this regard, and state whether it is allowed or not.
  24. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Type the web address that contains information on the journal specific waiver policy.
  25. What digital archiving policy does the journal use?
    SciELO SA journals are digitally preserved using Portico.
  26. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Add this policy to your journal specific web page, and provide the web address where this information can be found. Also indicate on your web page if no policy currently applies. Example policy:

Digital Preservation Policy

This journal utilizes the Portico system to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Click here to view [journal title] in the Portico Keeper’s Registry.

  1. Does the journal allow software/spiders to automatically crawl the journal content (also known as text mining)?
    Yes – all SciELO SA journals are accessible by Google.
  2. Which article identifiers does the journal use?
    All SciELO SA journals are required to use DOIs.
  3. Does the journal provide, or intend to provide, article level metadata to DOAJ?
    This is for the journal to decide. Optional.
  4. Does the journal provide article download statistics?
    Yes – each SciELO SA journal has an option to view usage statistics. Find the following page for your journal, and copy and paste the link to the DOAJ application form.

metrics

  1. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address for the above, e.g. http://www.scielo.org.za/statjournal.php?lang=en&issn=2225-7160&collection=sza
  2. What was the first calendar year in which a complete volume of the journal provided online Open Access content to the Full Text of all articles? (Full Text may be provided as PDFs. Does not apply for new journals.)*
    This is the year in which the issues were published, e.g. 1960 if articles that were digitized and made online available.
  3. Please indicate which formats of full text are available*
    Pdf
  4. Add keywords that best describe the journal (comma delimited)*
    Three keywords would be fine, e.g. family law; South Africa; legal cases
  5. Select the language the full text of the articles are published in*
    English – also add other languages if applicable (languages full text articles are published in)
  6. What is the URL for the Editorial Board page?*
    Copy and paste the web address where the names of the people are listed, their affiliations, and their countries. Provide emails for at least 5 individuals on this page. E.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl/about/editorialTeam
  7. Please select the review process for papers*
    Blind peer-review
  8. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the peer review is described in detail, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  9. What is the URL for the journal’s Aims & Scope?*
    Copy and paste the web address where comprehensive information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. What is the URL for the journal’s instructions for authors?*
    Copy and paste the web address where this journal specific information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  11. Does the journal have a policy of screening for plagiarism?
    Whether the journal screen for plagiarism or not – please indicate on the journal page.
  12. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Copy and paste the web address where this information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  13. What is the average number of weeks between submission and publication?*
    E.g. 8-12 weeks from the date the article was submitted, peer-reviewed, edited, and published.
  14. What is the URL for the journal’s Open Access statement?*
    Copy and paste the web address for the journal specific policy. A recommended policy:

    [Journal title] is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.
  15. Does the journal embed or display simple machine-readable CC licensing information in its articles?*
    All SciELO SA journals adhere to this – answer is “yes”. OJS allows journals to display a CC-license at the bottom of each item record, for each article. See for example: http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/article/view/1337
  16. Please provide a URL to an example page with embedded licensing information*
    Provide the web address of any individual article, displaying the license, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/article/view/1337ccl
  17. Does the journal allow reuse and remixing of content in accordance with a Creative Commons license orother type of license with similar conditions (Select ‘Other’)? *
    “Yes” for all SciELO SA journals.
  18. Which of the following does the content require? (Tick all that apply.)*
    CC-BY applies to the majority of SciELO SA journals
  19. Enter the URL on your site where your license terms are stated
    Copy and paste the web address where this policy is stated e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  20. Does the journal allow readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose?*
    “Yes” for all SciELO SA journals
  21. With which deposit policy directory does the journal have a registered deposit policy?
    We recommend SHERPA RoMEO – register free of charge at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/feedback.php?la=en&fIDnum=|&mode=simple&type=jpnew
    This policy indicates to institutions whether they are allowed to upload a duplicate copy of an article by an author affiliated with the home institution, into their institutional repository (Green Open Access). Also add this policy with a link to the SHERPA RoMEO entry on the journal web page, e.g. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0038-2353/
  22. Does the journal allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions?*
    In an Open Access environment it is recommended that the authors retain the copyright, and not sign away copyright to the journal.
  23. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the Copyright policy for the journal is stated, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  24. Will the journal allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions?*
    In an Open Access environment it is recommended that the authors retain the publishing rights, and not sign away publishing rights to the journal.
  25. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the Publishing Rights policy for the journal is stated

Please let me know should you have any questions regarding the above, and we can gladly assist! Also remember to indicate on your journal web page once the journal has been approved for inclusion in DOAJ!

Kind regards
Ina

ina@doaj.org

Ambassador – Directory of Open Access Journals, southern Africa Region

ASSAf putting “open science into action”

Dear Colleagues

The ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit(SPU) supports the ASSAf mission in making research of national importance openly accessible, and disseminating it as widely possible. We are proud to announce that our article on Open Science is now featured on the blog for International Open Access Week, celebrated worldwide from 24-30 October 2016. As a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and together with other organisations worldwide, ASSAf aims to – among others – find ways and solutions to further support the development of policy frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access to publicly funded research, of interest to the SA community in general. ASSAf will be putting “open into action” when partnering with the SA Dept. of Science and Technology in starting the dialogue on an Open Science Policy Framework, with the first of a series of workshops scheduled for 12 and 13 December 2016.

ASSAf SPU will also be participating in the upcoming Science Forum South Africa, and would like to invite all to the panel discussion on Open Science, scheduled for 8 December 2016, 13:30-15:00, Emerald Room, CSIR International Convention Centre. Click to view the draft programme.

More information on ASSAf Open Science events planned for December 2016 is available from the ASSAf SPU Blog.

With kind regards

Susan Veldsman
Director: Scholarly Publishing Unit
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7557-0898
Switchboard: +27 12 349 6600
Tel: +27 12 349 6611
Fax: +27 (0) 86 576 9525
Email: susan@assaf.org.za

On the ASSAf Calendar – December 2016

4 December 2016 (Sunday)
CODATA Executive Committee Meeting
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood Lounge
Programme: Internal
Contact: Susan Veldsman

5-6 December 2016
CODATA Meeting Cont.
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Internal
Contact: Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi & Susan Veldsman

6 December 2016 (Tuesday full day)
NSBPF Virtual Presentation by John Willinsky
Attendees: NSBPF
Chair: Robin Crewe
Venue: Virtual & venue to be confirmed
Programme: Not available yet
Contact: Desre Stead & Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi

6 December 2016 (Tuesday afternoon)
CODATA Stakeholder Meeting
Attendees: CODATA Stakeholders (on invitation)
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Not available yet (Cocktail to follow at end of event)
Contact: Susan Veldsman

7 December 2016 (Wednesday)
SFSA/African Open Science Platform/ASSAf/CODATA Side Event
Attendees: On invitation only. CODATA Executive Committee, ASSAf, policy makers, decision makers, key stakeholders on open science/data in SA and Africa, also maybe attending the main SFSA event.
Chair: Simon Hudson
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre
Programme: Not available yet
View draft planning proposal
Contact: Susan Veldsman

8 December 2016 (Thursday)
SFSA Parallel Session
Attendees: Open
Chair: Susan Veldsman
Venue: Emerald, CSIR Conference Centre (40-100 people)
Programme: http://www.sfsa.co.za/programme/
Contact: Susan Veldsman

12 & 13 December 2016
Open Science Policy Framework Workshop
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Susan Veldsman
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Not available yet
Contact: Susan Veldsman

Presentations on using OJS to publish your journal online

Dear Colleagues

We had the opportunity to conduct training at the University of the Free State last week, on using Open Journal Systems Version 3, and in support of international Open Access Week (24 – 30 Oct). The new interface is very simple and a huge improvement from OJS Version 2. There are however still a few bugs to be resolved, and we are looking forward to an even more stable version soon. Identifying bugs and reporting and testing the software are part of the open source community philosophy, and a great way to contribute and give back, all collaborating to improve the software and making research more openly accessible.

See two of the presentations:

http://www.slideshare.net/inaviljoensmith/online-journal-management-using-open-journal-systems-ojs-67571111

http://www.slideshare.net/inaviljoensmith/setting-up-an-online-journal-using-ojs-3

We hope that more SA journals will consider making the transition to online and open access.

Kind regards

Ina

Open Access Week 24-30 October 2016

Dear Colleagues

This week support for Open Access to high quality research is internationally supported under the theme “Open in Action”. Read more about this at http://www.openaccessweek.org/. ASSAf supports high quality Open Access through various initiatives:

• Open access to high quality SA scholarly journals through SciELO SA
• Open Access journal publishing using Open Journal Systems
• Publishing peer review reports on journal and book evaluations
• Promote transparency and openness through the NSEF and NSBPF
• Sharing knowledge on publishing via the ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Wiki and Blog
• Making reports published available as Open Access via the ASSAf web page, and more recently, the ASSAf Research Repository. A highlight this past couple of weeks was making the report on fracking available via the ASSAf Research Repository (234 full text downloads up to date, from all over the world)
• Managing the African Open Science Platform project
• Managing DATAD (Directory of African Theses & Dissertations, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities)
• Participating in Open Science initiatives, policy formulation
• Ambassador for the Directory of Open Access Journals
• Conducting training on Open Access best practice and software available
• And many more

Please support the many Open Access initiatives at your various institutions, and consider signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to demonstrate your support. Wishing all an active Open Access week, and looking forward to join some of the events on campuses in SA!

Kind regards
Ina