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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

New project for OA to top S. African journals

Munyaradzi Makoni and Christina Scott, Top South African journals to go open access, SciDev.Net, March 2, 2009.

A new scheme aims to put African research on the map by providing free access to a range of the country's top academic journals.

The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) will lead the way, becoming the first high-profile open access journal by the end of March in a pilot project lasting two years.

Robin Crewe of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSA), the publisher of the journal, announced the project at the African Science Communication Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, last month (19 February). ...

The project is based on the Brazil-based Scientific Electronic Online Library (SciELO). ...

Susan Veldsman, director of ASSA's scholarly publishing unit in Pretoria, said the aim is that the African version of SciELO will have 35 journals freely available online by the end of 2009.

The SAJS journal will launch its new open access edition and convert the last two years of print editions into an open access format at the end of March, according to its incoming editor Michael Cherry a zoologist from South Africa's University of Stellenbosch.

Not all journals are eligible to join the project only those listed under international indexes are under consideration. A series of independent review panels are assessing journal quality ...

See also our past posts on the Academy of Science of South Africa or on SciELO.