"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.
Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
If there's a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
Women can often draw attention to dimensions of thinking that their male perspective may miss. But this will only work if they are in positions that allow them to lead and drive the research agenda.
The traditional mode of publishing scientific research faces much criticism – primarily for being too slow and sometimes shoddily done. Maybe fewer publications of higher quality is the way forward.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
There are many exciting new publishing opportunities opening up for academics who want to take their work beyond traditional spaces like journals.
Getting a scientific paper published about a significant finding - like the discovery of the world's oldest axe - is challenge in itself.
Sci-Hub, a free online repository of academic articles, is the subject of a battle at the heart of open access.
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
African academics and universities have been caught in the predatory journal web. It's time for the continent's universities to start taking this threat to their integrity seriously.
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?
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.
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.
Open access, publication consultants and growing author lists: where is the academic-publishing industry heading?
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
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.
Just as no one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, neither should that be the case for open access content.
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?