Publish or perish?
South Africa is ahead of the pack when it comes to research output in Africa. But this ranking is not a celebration.
By opening up academic journals to a broader audience, everyone benefits.
In South Africa, open access publishing should be mandatory and publicly funded data generated by universities, should be freely available.
In one year alone 380,000 domestic applicants didn’t get a university place in Nigeria.
Nigeria's higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires.
Digital publishing hasn't resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars' labor.
There’s huge societal value in opening up access to knowledge resources.
Globally, the scholarly publishing system is in dire need of financial and legislative change.
Surely a socialist.
Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure.
"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.
It’s not good if women’s research isn’t in the library stacks.
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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.
Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives.
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.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access.
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 are less likely to be published in scientific journals.
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.
More is less in the world of research publications.
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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.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
The old ways aren’t necessarily the best when it comes to academic writing.
There are many exciting new publishing opportunities opening up for academics who want to take their work beyond traditional spaces like journals.
The polished surface was a sure sign this was no natural fragment.
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.
What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public?
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
There are sharks in the research water – predatory journals are becoming more common in Africa.
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.
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.