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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 r esponse to OA Current issues. Scientific Papers Published - 2001.

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    1. 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)

    2. Outline • Context: AOSIS • South African response to OA • Current issues

    3. Scientific Papers Published - 2001

    4. Est. 1999

    5. AOSIS Openjournals - Est2005 • Scholarly Publication services - partnering • Open Access only (innovator) - CC-BY • CPD link • Innovations: • OJS • DOI & Crosscheck • ePUB • XML • QR codes

    6. AOSIS: Journal growth (N=28)

    7. AOSIS: Journals per discipline (28) (n=28)

    8. Journal ownership

    9. AOSIS: Manuscript growth

    10. AOSIS OpenJournals -business models

    11. 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), 33rd in world rank • Severe skills shortage, poor basic education

    12. RSA economic growth

    13. Global internet penetration – RSA 49% (85th)

    14. Government funding forresearch 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

    15. “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)

    16. Scholarly Journal Publishers Accredited RSA Journals (N = 262)

    17. 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.

    18. 2008

    19. 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)

    20. 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

    21. Institutional support • Berlin Declaration: RSA 14, ROF 22 • Institutional repositories: RSA 24 • Limited APC funds: Univ. Pretoria

    22. DOAJ.org – RSA (n = 262) 2014 70 (27%)

    23. Business model – SA Journals 2014Tipping the scale to OA!

    24. OA - Late majority phase of innovation

    25. Current issues • Perception of poor quality of OA • “Science” Sting! • Journal high-jacking “Bothalia” • Impact Factor “pressure” vs OA encouragement - Govt & Univ • Public-funded institutionstaking on publishing roles (universities, scielo?), against backdrop of higher demands on Fiscus (Govt debt of GDP= 46%) – sustainable?

    26. Thank you! pierre@aosis.co.za www.openjournals.net