It’s one thing for a country’s academics to produce great research – but what’s the point if ordinary citizens can’t access it?
South Africans' access to important knowledge and research is incredibly limited. In this time of Open Access, why is this the case – and will it ever change?
Open access allows users to download, copy, print and distribute works, without the need to ask for permission or to pay.
To the mark the eighth annual Open Access Week, we asked our readers what they wanted to know about the initiative. Here are their questions with answers from our experts.
A majority of academic research is still locked away from public eyes.
We have the technology and the will to expand open access to publicly funded research, but large vested interests are still putting up stiff resistance.
A light at the end of the tunnel for academic publishing?
Open access, publication consultants and growing author lists: where is the academic-publishing industry heading?
Which of these researchers has fudged their results to get ahead?
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
Even in science the adage rings true: don’t believe everything you read.
Just as no one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, neither should that be the case for open access content.
There are predators taking advantage of academics’ need to publish.
Why do predatory and vanity academic publishers and conferences exist? Why are they flourishing now? And what can they tell us about the failings of academia?
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
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