Category Archives: Uncategorized

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

*************************************
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

************************************* 
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

*************************************
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



INDEPENDENT JOURNAL PEER REVIEWERS

ASSAf acknowledges the important contribution of the independent peer reviewers who reviewed scholarly South African journals over the period from 2017 to 2018.

TitleSurnameName
ProfAina Lenrie Olatokunbo
ProfBankLawrence
ProfBeukesNic
DrBitsoConnie
DrBreedChristina (Ida)
ProfBritzJohannes
ProfBroady-PrestonJudith
MsBurger Marlene
ProfCaldwellMarc
DrCockrellDale
ProfCoetzeeMarie-Helene
ProfCowlingLesley
DrDalambaLindelwa
ProfDe VaalPhilip
DrDienerJohann
ProfDu PlessisChrisna
DrDu PlooyRaelize
ProfDunduMorgan
DrEatoJonathan
ProfEloffJan
ProfEmuzeFidelis
DrFriedmanAvi
ProfGbadamosiRaimi
ProfGizejowskiMarian
ProfGouldingAnne 
ProfHamamYskandar
MrHarrisVerne
DrHarrop-AllenSusan 
ProfHooperTony
ProfJeppie Shamil
DrJonesJaime
DrJongbloed Enrique Uribe
MsKaruri-SebinaGeci
DrKekwaletsweRaymond
DrKendallStephen 
MrKing George
ProfKlopperSandra 
ProfKnott Cheryl
ProfKokSchalk
DrKoutas Lampros
ProfKriel Lize
MsKrugerCecilia
ProfLaubscherJacques
DrLawrence Frank
ProfLe RouxHannah
ProfLe Roux Annette
ProfLloydPhilip
ProfLüdemanWinfried
ProfLuttersEric
DrLynsdaleCyril
ProfMainaJames
ProfMainzaAubrey
ProfMakasaPaul
DrMakhubuNomusa
ProfMbohwa Charles
ProfMeintjiesCorne
DrMulwoAbram
ProfMunroAllan
DrMyburghSue
DrNarunsky-LadenSonja
ProfNassonBill
MrNaudeMauritz
DrNel                              Hannelie
ProfNiemann-StruwegIlza
DrNkosi-NdlelaMartin
DrNyamupangedenguCuthbert
ProfO’ ConnorCyril
ProfOguamanamChidi
DrOjebodeAyobami
ProfOlorunnisolaAnthony
DrOlsenKathryn 
DrOpondoPatricia
ProfOverton de KlerkNina
DrPanebianco-WarrensClorinda 
ProfPeroldWJ
ProfPhillipsHuw
MrPissarra
Mario
DrPooleyThomas
ProfPretorius Deirdre
ProfPuthGustav
ProfRawatlal Randhir
ProfRiveraMilagros
DrSaidiFinzi
ProfSandenberghRoelf
DrSanyaTom
ProfSesantiSimphiwe
MsSilvermanMelinda
ProfSimbaoRuth 
DrSneddenGlen
DrSomma Donato
ProfSteynGerald
ProfTaigbenuAkpofure
ProfTaylorJane
DrThom-Wium
Matildie
DrTonsing Gertrud
ProfTownStephen
DrTuksarStanislav
ProfVan BelleJean-paul
ProfVan der WaldtDe la Rey
DrVan der Walt Martin
ProfVan GraanAndre
ProfVan RobbroeckLize
DrVan Schoor Chris
ProfVan Wyk Ben 
MrVerhaeghe Benoit 
ProfVon SolmsBasie
ProfWagnerNikki
ProfWatsonBruce
DrWindapoAbimbola Olukemi

Scholarly Publishing Programme Fourth Quarterly Report (Summary)

SciELO SA: Collection and Usage Growth

Over the past quarter no scholarly journal titles were added to the collection. There are currently 1 739 South African open access journal issues on the Scientific Electronic Library Online – South Africa (SciELO SA platform), 27 619 articles and 76 journal titles. http://www.scielo.org.za/ scielo. php? script=sci_alphabetic&lng=en&nrm=is

The usage of the articles in the platform attests to the value the platform offers. The total number of views of South African open access research via SciELO SA since 2009 totals more than 16,5 million to date:

3-month period comparison Comparison of views
Jan 2018 to March 2018 860 107
Jan 2019 to March 2019 1 504 893 (43% increase)

Planning is underway to assist SciELO SA journal editors to incorporate the new SciELO Network best-practice criteria in the journals.At the end of March 2019, a bi-annual assessment of the SciELO SA platform took place.

Institutional Repository

The following collections are included in the IR:

The overall repository usage for the last three months was as follows:

  Jan 2019 Feb 2019 Mch 2019 % Increase
Views 32 014 34 206 36 664 14.52
Downloads 21 544 23 025 24 555 13.98

African Open Science Platform (AOSP)

The AOSP is currently in its third year, documenting findings in a landscape report and developing supporting material (frameworks) to guide African countries towards the implementation of Open Science Policy, ICT Infrastructure, skills development/ capacity building and incentives for sharing data and research. During the past months, the draft documentation was compiled and submitted for review to the members of the AOSP Advisory Council and the AOSP Technical Advisory Board. A second survey was developed and launched to further inform the development of the frameworks.

AOSP further had two opportunities to test the findings from the landscape report. A presentation was made during a meeting of the Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) on 14 March 2019, as well as during the University Pretoria and Carnegie Corporation of New York Capstone Conference on 26 March 2019

Report on Grouped Peer Review of Journals

The Report on Grouped Peer Review of Scholarly Journals in Communication and Information Sciences was published and is available: http://hdl.handle.net/ 20.500.11911/111

The peer review of journals in the Communication and Information Sciences disciplinary group included 14 journals, each represented by three volumes covering the period from 2013 to 2015. A total of 42 senior researchers from across the country conducted the reviews.

The review process showed that the quality of articles was overall good to excellent, also reflecting effective peer evaluation systems. In a few instances, the need for more articles from African countries was raised. The inclusion of additional scholarly features like critical and thematic editorials, topical reviews and book reviews were recommended. It was recommended that all 14 journals maintain their DHET accreditation status.

ASSAF-hosted OJS Journals

ASSAf Council approved the continuation of the ASSAf OJS Journals platform beyond the pilot stage in February 2019. Subject to capacity, the hosting service can now be extended to other qualifying journals at an annual cost. Finalisation of the formal launch is underway. Dimensions – a digital tool that gathers citation data from various platforms, indexers and harvesters – has been added to the platform for all journals. Dimensions calculates and displays the citation count on the landing page of each article.

Quest: Science for South Africa

ASSAf attended the SciFest in Grahamstown which took place from 6 –12 March 2019. This year differs from the previous years. For the first time the Quest outreach joined the SciFest outreach in iRhini and Uitenhage. Both venues attracted learners from grade 10 –12. Mr Tsepo Majake, Education Project Officer, gave a physical science presentation on Falling Bodies.

ASSAf Report on Research Publishing in and from South Africa Launched

The Second ASSAf Report on Research Publishing in and from South Africa which was launched on 29 April 2019 is now available online and can be accessed via this link:  http://research.assaf.org.za/handle/20.500.11911/114

The article How to approach the revolution in scholarly publishing has been published in The Conversation. Access the article via this link.