02.08.2011 - UNESCO

Joint Regional Workshop on Open Access Journal Publishing

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with UNESCO, is presenting a workshop on Open Access publishing on 18 and 19 August 2011 in Pretoria (South Africa).

Open Access publishing aims to provide universal, unrestricted and free access to full-text scholarly materials via the Internet. During this two-day workshop, the focus will be on presentations by external editors sharing their experiences in: challenges and problems facing journal editors today; issues to consider in becoming an Open Access journal ; estimating the resource requirements for operating the journal and developing a business plan; and developing a business model for a journal. The second day will include an introduction and overview of Open Journal Systems (OJS) and a demonstration of the OJS and its features; adopting and switching over to OJS: key decisions, troubleshooting, and implementations of different publishing solutions.

During a regional UNESCO workshop titled “Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact”, in November 2010, several needs were identified as priorities in scholarly journal publishing.

These were: increasing scholarly publishing in developing countries; building capacity to grow Open Access in this region; analysing the cost and benefits of publishing a journal and subsequent business models for journals; identifying possible publishing platforms; and creating regional alliances to deliver and scale up scholarly publishing.

Delegates attending the workshop include editors of scholarly journals in Southern Africa wanting to explore Open Access publishing. Journal editors from Angola, Lesotho and Swaziland will also be attending.

About the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is the official national academy of science and represents the country in the international community of science academies. As collective resource, the Academy enables the generation of evidence-based solutions to national problems.

The strategic priorities of the Academy are closely matched to those of the nation, focusing particularly on the need for the greatly enhanced availability of high-level human capital and an increased use of the country’s best intellectual expertise in generating evidence-based policy advice that is practical and feasible.


UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

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