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Open access : challenges and barriers to African scholars

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dc.contributor.author Britz, Johannes
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-24T09:32:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-24T09:32:54Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Brits, J., 2009. Open Access: Challenges and Barriers to African Scholars. Inkanyiso, 1(1), pp.22-27. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1978
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 1, Issue 1, Jan 2009, p. 22 - 26 en_US
dc.description.abstract The price of journals (referring here to e-journals as well as hard copies) has risen dramatically over the past three decades, to the point that they can hardly be afforded by academic libraries in rich countries such as the USA. This evidently has even worse implications for academic libraries in Africa, and most of Africa's scholarly community therefore remains marginalized in terms of access to the global body of knowledge. The introduction of the Internet, accompanied by the ability to digitize and manipulate information, has not only changed the knowledge and information landscape permanently, but also changed the publishing industry. It has, for the first time, become possible to reproduce and distribute information products and services at nearly zero marginal cost (Anderson, 2006). The only requirement is access to a computer, the Internet and relevant websites. This new model has led to the global Open Access (OA) movement, whose main aim is to distribute scholarly journals free of charge to its end users. For the first time, there is therefore a real opportunity for African scholars to gain, free of charge (or at least at a very affordable cost), access to digital scholarly journals and the scholarly works of others. The OA movement has, however, not led to the free flow of information on the African continent. While expectations have been raised, there are still many stumbling blocks prohibiting African scholars from fully participating in and benefiting from the OA movement. This paper will highlight some of these stumbling blocks, discussed within the moral framework of the right of access to information. The paper is structured in the following manner : First, the notion of OA will be discussed. Following this, I will elaborate on the right of access to information, thereby establishing the moral framework. The third and final part will address some of the challenges and obstacles facing African scholars regarding access to scholarly work via OA. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Open access en_US
dc.subject Online publishing en_US
dc.subject African Scholars en_US
dc.subject Information access en_US
dc.subject Information sharing en_US
dc.title Open access : challenges and barriers to African scholars en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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