Series of SA & African Webinars on Open Access Journal Publishing

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Dear Librarians, Editors, Journal Managers, Researchers, Metadata Editors, Research Officials, and more

During the past week individuals and institutions all over the world have demonstrated many ways of putting “open in action”, during International Open Access Week celebrations worldwide. Support for open access to publicly funded research is growing every day, and it is possible because of the Internet and open source software available, bringing down the operational costs. Through openly sharing quality research output with others, research can have a higher visibility, usage and impact.

We would like to make use of the opportunity to invite all to a series of online (free) webinars, in further sharing ways on how to publish high quality open access scholarly journals. This is an initiative from the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and will cover the following:

Date Time Webinar Topic Presenter Language
4 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Recording (recorded from the part on where to apply for inclusion) & Slides
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Recording (recorded from the part on where to apply for inclusion) & Slides
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
11 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Webinar: Using OJS to manage & publish your open access journal

Slides & Recording
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00ST Webinar: Using OJS to manage & publish your open access journal

Slides & Recording
Ina Smith
ASSAf/DOAJ Ambassador
English
18 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Criteria for high quality OA journals

Slides & Recording
Susan Veldsman
ASSAf
English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Criteria for high quality OA journals

Slides & Recording
Susan Veldsman
ASSAf
English
24 November 2016 13:00 GMT+1 Webinar: Criteria for inclusion in DOAJ

Slides & Recording

Kamel Belhamel
University of Bejaia, Algeria/ DOAJ Ambassador
French
25 November 2016 09:00 UTC + 02:00 Monitoring and evaluating the impact of your open access journal

Slides & Recording

To be confirmed English
14:00 UTC + 02:00 Monitoring and evaluating the impact of your open access journal

Slides & Recording

To be confirmed English

Please register and indicate the preferred sessions you would like to attend. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation on how to connect on the day of the webinar. Requirements: stable Internet access, sound (speakers), Chrome/Firefox Internet Browser. Please make sure all technology works beforehand, and test all.

Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/DITMpGve1xFWYNh03 . Guidelines for joining a webinar: http://journals.assaf.org.za/blog/webinar/

Looking very much forward to all from Africa joining us for this exciting series in taking Open Access forward on our continent, and making high quality African research output more visible!

Put “open into action” – apply for inclusion in the DOAJ this Open Access Week!

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Dear Colleagues

African research is sometimes not well documented, not visible, and sometimes not accessible enough. We would very much like to help in getting South African and African open access journals adhering to the requirements for listing, registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). All SciELO SA journals already adhere to the basic requirements, and to assist you, we have compiled recommended responses to the questions on the DOAJ application form. You are most welcome to copy and paste from here, where applicable. Also – if the journal does not adhere to all the criteria, it is not the end. Where possible, I have indicated the most important criteria with a * No long answers are required, and it can be completed in less than an hour.

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  1. Journal Title*
    The name of your journal, e.g. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal
  2. URL*
    The primary/home web address for your journal, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per. All open access online journals have web addresses.
  3. Alternative Title
    A previous title or abbreviated title or translation, e.g. Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad. If none, leave open.
  4. Journal ISSN (print version)
    If your journal was/is still published in print, provide the print ISSN, e.g. 1021-447X. If you don’t know the ISSN, please contact ASSAf or the National Library of SA. Also display somewhere on your web page if any.
  5. Journal ISSN (online version)*
    E.g. 2413-3051. All journals online available should have a unique ISSN for the online version, separate from the print version. If you don’t know the ISSN, please contact ASSAf or the National Library of SA. Also display somewhere on your web page.
  6. Publisher*
    The name of the institution/society/department publishing the journal, e.g. North-West University. Faculty of Law or Energy Research Centre.
  7. Society/Institution*
    The name of the institution/society/department owning the journal, e.g. North-West University. Faculty of Law or Energy Research Centre. It can be identical to the publisher.
  8. Platform/Host/Aggregator*
    How is your journal published in the online environment? Is it done using a simple web page, or software such as OJS? If the journal is only available via SciELO, the answer is SciELO.
  9. Name of contact for this journal*
    Name and surname of the journal editor at this point in time.
  10. Contact’s email address*
    Email address for the editor.
  11. Confirm contact’s email address*
    Retype the email address in 10.
  12. In which country is the publisher of the journal based?*
    South Africa
  13. Does the journal have Article Processing Charges (APCs)?*
    In other words, do you require authors to pay a certain amount once their articles have been approved for publication? If not, say so, and explicitly state it on the journal specific web page.
  14. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address where information can be found on APCs charged. Also mention on this page if no APCs apply. Mention fees per article, and not per page. If per page, mention how many pages the average article consists of.
  15. Amount
    The amount per article charged, which the author/s has/have to pay once the article is approved for publication.
  16. Currency
    ZAR
  17. Does the journal have Article Submission Charges?*
    In other words, do you require authors to pay a certain amount when submitting an article, even before being peer-reviewed, and before being approved for publication? If not, say so, and explicitly state it on the journal specific web page.
  18. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address where information can be found on ASCs charged. Also mention on this page if no ASCs apply. Mention fees per article, and not per page. If per page, mention how many pages the average article consists of.
  19. Amount
    The amount per article charged, which the author/s has/have to pay when submitting an article for possible publication.
  20. Currency
    ZAR
  21. How many research and review articles did the journal publish in the last calendar year?*
    Count the number of articles published in 2015, and type the number.
  22. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Type the web address of the page that contains links to the 2015 issues, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/issue/archive
  23. Does the journal have a waiver policy (for developing country authors etc)?
    A waiver policy excludes authors from paying Article Processing/Submission Charges, if they cannot afford it, but still have a worthy article they think should be published. Indicate what the journal specific policy is in this regard, and state whether it is allowed or not.
  24. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Type the web address that contains information on the journal specific waiver policy.
  25. What digital archiving policy does the journal use?
    SciELO SA journals are digitally preserved using Portico.
  26. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Add this policy to your journal specific web page, and provide the web address where this information can be found. Also indicate on your web page if no policy currently applies. Example policy:

Digital Preservation Policy

This journal utilizes the Portico system to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Click here to view [journal title] in the Portico Keeper’s Registry.

  1. Does the journal allow software/spiders to automatically crawl the journal content (also known as text mining)?
    Yes – all SciELO SA journals are accessible by Google.
  2. Which article identifiers does the journal use?
    All SciELO SA journals are required to use DOIs.
  3. Does the journal provide, or intend to provide, article level metadata to DOAJ?
    This is for the journal to decide. Optional.
  4. Does the journal provide article download statistics?
    Yes – each SciELO SA journal has an option to view usage statistics. Find the following page for your journal, and copy and paste the link to the DOAJ application form.

metrics

  1. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Enter the web address for the above, e.g. http://www.scielo.org.za/statjournal.php?lang=en&issn=2225-7160&collection=sza
  2. What was the first calendar year in which a complete volume of the journal provided online Open Access content to the Full Text of all articles? (Full Text may be provided as PDFs. Does not apply for new journals.)*
    This is the year in which the issues were published, e.g. 1960 if articles that were digitized and made online available.
  3. Please indicate which formats of full text are available*
    Pdf
  4. Add keywords that best describe the journal (comma delimited)*
    Three keywords would be fine, e.g. family law; South Africa; legal cases
  5. Select the language the full text of the articles are published in*
    English – also add other languages if applicable (languages full text articles are published in)
  6. What is the URL for the Editorial Board page?*
    Copy and paste the web address where the names of the people are listed, their affiliations, and their countries. Provide emails for at least 5 individuals on this page. E.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl/about/editorialTeam
  7. Please select the review process for papers*
    Blind peer-review
  8. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the peer review is described in detail, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  9. What is the URL for the journal’s Aims & Scope?*
    Copy and paste the web address where comprehensive information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. What is the URL for the journal’s instructions for authors?*
    Copy and paste the web address where this journal specific information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  11. Does the journal have a policy of screening for plagiarism?
    Whether the journal screen for plagiarism or not – please indicate on the journal page.
  12. Enter the URL where this information can be found
    Copy and paste the web address where this information can be found, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/sajsm/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  13. What is the average number of weeks between submission and publication?*
    E.g. 8-12 weeks from the date the article was submitted, peer-reviewed, edited, and published.
  14. What is the URL for the journal’s Open Access statement?*
    Copy and paste the web address for the journal specific policy. A recommended policy:

    [Journal title] is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.
  15. Does the journal embed or display simple machine-readable CC licensing information in its articles?*
    All SciELO SA journals adhere to this – answer is “yes”. OJS allows journals to display a CC-license at the bottom of each item record, for each article. See for example: http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/article/view/1337
  16. Please provide a URL to an example page with embedded licensing information*
    Provide the web address of any individual article, displaying the license, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/jesa/article/view/1337ccl
  17. Does the journal allow reuse and remixing of content in accordance with a Creative Commons license orother type of license with similar conditions (Select ‘Other’)? *
    “Yes” for all SciELO SA journals.
  18. Which of the following does the content require? (Tick all that apply.)*
    CC-BY applies to the majority of SciELO SA journals
  19. Enter the URL on your site where your license terms are stated
    Copy and paste the web address where this policy is stated e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  20. Does the journal allow readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose?*
    “Yes” for all SciELO SA journals
  21. With which deposit policy directory does the journal have a registered deposit policy?
    We recommend SHERPA RoMEO – register free of charge at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/feedback.php?la=en&fIDnum=|&mode=simple&type=jpnew
    This policy indicates to institutions whether they are allowed to upload a duplicate copy of an article by an author affiliated with the home institution, into their institutional repository (Green Open Access). Also add this policy with a link to the SHERPA RoMEO entry on the journal web page, e.g. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0038-2353/
  22. Does the journal allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions?*
    In an Open Access environment it is recommended that the authors retain the copyright, and not sign away copyright to the journal.
  23. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the Copyright policy for the journal is stated, e.g. http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/about/editorialPolicies#custom-2
  24. Will the journal allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions?*
    In an Open Access environment it is recommended that the authors retain the publishing rights, and not sign away publishing rights to the journal.
  25. Enter the URL where this information can be found*
    Copy and paste the web address where the Publishing Rights policy for the journal is stated

Please let me know should you have any questions regarding the above, and we can gladly assist! Also remember to indicate on your journal web page once the journal has been approved for inclusion in DOAJ!

Kind regards
Ina

ina@doaj.org

Ambassador – Directory of Open Access Journals, southern Africa Region

ASSAf putting “open science into action”

Dear Colleagues

The ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit(SPU) supports the ASSAf mission in making research of national importance openly accessible, and disseminating it as widely possible. We are proud to announce that our article on Open Science is now featured on the blog for International Open Access Week, celebrated worldwide from 24-30 October 2016. As a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and together with other organisations worldwide, ASSAf aims to – among others – find ways and solutions to further support the development of policy frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access to publicly funded research, of interest to the SA community in general. ASSAf will be putting “open into action” when partnering with the SA Dept. of Science and Technology in starting the dialogue on an Open Science Policy Framework, with the first of a series of workshops scheduled for 12 and 13 December 2016.

ASSAf SPU will also be participating in the upcoming Science Forum South Africa, and would like to invite all to the panel discussion on Open Science, scheduled for 8 December 2016, 13:30-15:00, Emerald Room, CSIR International Convention Centre. Click to view the draft programme.

More information on ASSAf Open Science events planned for December 2016 is available from the ASSAf SPU Blog.

With kind regards

Susan Veldsman
Director: Scholarly Publishing Unit
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7557-0898
Switchboard: +27 12 349 6600
Tel: +27 12 349 6611
Fax: +27 (0) 86 576 9525
Email: susan@assaf.org.za

On the ASSAf Calendar – December 2016

4 December 2016 (Sunday)
CODATA Executive Committee Meeting
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood Lounge
Programme: Internal
Contact: Susan Veldsman

5-6 December 2016
CODATA Meeting Cont.
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Internal
Contact: Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi & Susan Veldsman

6 December 2016 (Tuesday full day)
NSBPF Virtual Presentation by John Willinsky
Attendees: NSBPF
Chair: Robin Crewe
Venue: Virtual & venue to be confirmed
Programme: Not available yet
Contact: Desre Stead & Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi

6 December 2016 (Tuesday afternoon)
CODATA Stakeholder Meeting
Attendees: CODATA Stakeholders (on invitation)
Chair: Simon Hodson
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Not available yet (Cocktail to follow at end of event)
Contact: Susan Veldsman

7 December 2016 (Wednesday)
SFSA/African Open Science Platform/ASSAf/CODATA Side Event
Attendees: On invitation only. CODATA Executive Committee, ASSAf, policy makers, decision makers, key stakeholders on open science/data in SA and Africa, also maybe attending the main SFSA event.
Chair: Simon Hudson
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre
Programme: Not available yet
View draft planning proposal
Contact: Susan Veldsman

8 December 2016 (Thursday)
SFSA Parallel Session
Attendees: Open
Chair: Susan Veldsman
Venue: Emerald, CSIR Conference Centre (40-100 people)
Programme: http://www.sfsa.co.za/programme/
Contact: Susan Veldsman

12 & 13 December 2016
Open Science Policy Framework Workshop
Attendees: On invitation only.
Chair: Susan Veldsman
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Programme: Not available yet
Contact: Susan Veldsman

Presentations on using OJS to publish your journal online

Dear Colleagues

We had the opportunity to conduct training at the University of the Free State last week, on using Open Journal Systems Version 3, and in support of international Open Access Week (24 – 30 Oct). The new interface is very simple and a huge improvement from OJS Version 2. There are however still a few bugs to be resolved, and we are looking forward to an even more stable version soon. Identifying bugs and reporting and testing the software are part of the open source community philosophy, and a great way to contribute and give back, all collaborating to improve the software and making research more openly accessible.

See two of the presentations:

http://www.slideshare.net/inaviljoensmith/online-journal-management-using-open-journal-systems-ojs-67571111

http://www.slideshare.net/inaviljoensmith/setting-up-an-online-journal-using-ojs-3

We hope that more SA journals will consider making the transition to online and open access.

Kind regards

Ina

Open Access Week 24-30 October 2016

Dear Colleagues

This week support for Open Access to high quality research is internationally supported under the theme “Open in Action”. Read more about this at http://www.openaccessweek.org/. ASSAf supports high quality Open Access through various initiatives:

• Open access to high quality SA scholarly journals through SciELO SA
• Open Access journal publishing using Open Journal Systems
• Publishing peer review reports on journal and book evaluations
• Promote transparency and openness through the NSEF and NSBPF
• Sharing knowledge on publishing via the ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Wiki and Blog
• Making reports published available as Open Access via the ASSAf web page, and more recently, the ASSAf Research Repository. A highlight this past couple of weeks was making the report on fracking available via the ASSAf Research Repository (234 full text downloads up to date, from all over the world)
• Managing the African Open Science Platform project
• Managing DATAD (Directory of African Theses & Dissertations, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities)
• Participating in Open Science initiatives, policy formulation
• Ambassador for the Directory of Open Access Journals
• Conducting training on Open Access best practice and software available
• And many more

Please support the many Open Access initiatives at your various institutions, and consider signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to demonstrate your support. Wishing all an active Open Access week, and looking forward to join some of the events on campuses in SA!

Kind regards
Ina

ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit: September 2016 Communique

Dear Colleagues

First of all – thank you for joining us during the past National Scholarly Editor’s Forum, and thank you for actively participating in the programme. This meeting is an annual highlight on the ASSAf Scholarly Publishing Unit calendar, since we get the opportunity to engage on a face-to-face basis with you. From the feedback received, it was a highly successful event with valuable opportunities for networking. Thank you so much for contributing towards making it a success!

What made this year a bit different, was that we also hosted numerous workshops in collaboration with partner stakeholders. We managed to visit the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and also colleagues from Gauteng North. Upcoming and in support of international Open Access Week celebrated worldwide from 24 to 31 October, is a workshop on best practice scholarly publishing, to be hosted by the University of the Free State in collaboration with LIASA Free State Branch. The criteria for trusted and high quality scholarly journals will be shared, followed by an intensive workshop on using Open Journal Systems to manage and publish scholarly journals. Thank you to the University of the Free State and the LIASA Free State Branch for co-sponsoring these travels and accommodation.

In addition to the above, we would like to provide the following feedback:

Discipline-grouped peer review of South African scholarly journals
Desré Stead

Reviews in the following three subject groups are currently being conducted:

  • Humanities II: Visual and Performing Arts (10 journals)
  • Communications, Information Science and Knowledge Systems (14 journals)
  • Engineering and Architecture (15 journals)

Three reviewers were appointed to evaluate each journal. We have received most of the reviews and we are currently compiling a Version 1 draft report of each journal to present to the Peer Review Panel. The Panel will discuss the reviews and will provide consensus answers to each of the criteria.

The names of panel members are available on the ASSAf website: http://bit.ly/1MaS1oK

The next cycle of peer review evaluations will include journals in the following disciplinary groups:

  • Education (16 journals)
  • Mathematics and Science (22 journals)
  • Politics, History and Philosophy (26 journals)

ASSAf sent out a call for nominees of panel members earlier this year. The shortlist of nominees will need to be approved by the Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa (CSPiSA) and the ASSAf Council before we can proceed with constituting these panels.

We ask journal editors who have not submitted the questionnaire for the peer review yet to please submit it as soon as possible. Panel members and reviewers will require access to the last three volumes of the journal.

Please contact us for any queries relating to the peer reviews:

Desré Stead, desre@assaf.org.za

Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi, mmaphuthi@assaf.org.za

National Scholarly Editors’ Forum meeting
Desré Stead

The 10th National Scholarly Editors’ Forum (NSEF) annual meeting, was held on the 1st September 2016 at the Protea Hotel, O.R. Tambo. The theme for this year’s meeting was Disruptive trends challenging scholarly publishing. Ms Susan Veldsman, Director of the Scholarly Publishing Programme (SPP) at ASSAf, presented an update on the activities of the SPP. Prof Keyan Tomaselli put forward a motion to discuss the publication of Master’s and PhD student journal articles to enable them to graduate. The programme was different this year as editors were grouped according to pre-selected themes to discuss the challenges facing scholarly journal publishing in South Africa. Editors enjoyed the opportunity to interact with each other and network with others in the field. Prior to the meeting, attendees were encouraged to register for an ORCID (http://orcid.org/) if they had not already done so, and ORCID sponsored a prize for a lucky draw that was presented in the afternoon session. Prof Johann Mouton presented a sample of the results of the CREST study on publishing trends in South Africa with particular emphasis on journal publishing. The editors found the presentation to be a useful analysis of journals in South Africa.

Chairs chairing the round table discussions during the past NSEF Meeting

committee

Back row: Shannon Hoctor, Pierre de Villiers, Keyan Tomaselli, Voster Muchenje, Herbert Maserumule, Andries van Aarde, Dan Parker

Front row: John Butler-Adam, Charles Ngwena, Ingrid Nye, Michelle Hamer, Ina du Toit

African Open Science Platform
Ina Smith

The SPP is currently running a preparatory “landscape” exercise which is designed to evaluate relevant open data activities in national science systems in Africa, scanning policies and activities by governments, funders, universities, academies and evaluating both projects and individual capabilities. This exercise is a vital pre-requisite for building the consortium for the Platform launch, which will take place at the SA Science Forum on 8-9 December this year.           More about the Science Forum: http://www.sfsa.co.za/

SciELO SA
Louise van Heerden

SciELO SA Advisory Committee: The SciELO SA Advisory Committee will meet during the last quarter of the year to decide on criteria to admit and retain journal titles in the collection.

SciELO SA Collection Growth: The SciELO SA-collection now has 65 titles: http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_alphabetic&lng=en&nrm=iso

On 31 August 2016 the collection included 19 020 articles, 1231 issues and 65 titles.

SciELO SA: Usage growth: Over the last year there has been a 16% growth in visits to SciELO SA:

scielo

Since its inception in 2009 the SciELO SA collection has been accessed almost 5 million times.

New SciELO software: During September 2016 a new version of the SciELO software will be installed at ASSAf. From 19-23 September two staff members from the SciELO Network will visit ASSAf to train the SciELO SA staff in the usage of the new version.

ASSAf-AAU DATAD Project
Ina Smith 

The past DATAD annual conference (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) was a clear indication of progress made in terms of Africa sharing its research with the rest of the world. As part of this project, an evaluation instrument with criteria for trusted institutional repositories was developed and shared with the audience. In future, only repositories adhering to the requirements will be included for harvesting through DATAD, which will be hosted by ASSAf. Repositories adhering to additional criteria on top of the basic requirements, will qualify for the DATAD Seal of Approval. The DATAD project will mostly focus on harvesting the metadata from theses and dissertations made available through African repositories, and we hope to extend it to data sets accompanying research output, as part of the African Open Science Platform.

Journal article level impact
Ina Smith

Alternative metrics – providing an indication of the number of citations, downloads, and mentions via social media – is more and more becoming the preferred method of measuring scholarly journal article impact. The Thomson Reuters Journal Impact Factor is widely criticized for not measuring individual research. Alternative metrics is regarded as an alternative, since it gives a better picture of the impact of individual articles. An example from the South African Journal of Science:

alt

Currently we recommend that you explore the following tools for possible implementation:

Also read the Altmetrics Manifesto for the rationale behind the above. 

SciDataCon 2016
Ina Smith

Two members of the scholarly publishing unit will participate in the mentioned conference, as part of the African Open Science Platform project. During the initial phase, we hope to identify data repository projects within Africa, as well as establishing ownership, implementation of open access policies, needs in terms of ICT and training, and more. Read more about this conference at http://www.scidatacon.org/2016/

Important partners as part of the African Open Science Platform Project are ICSU, CODATA, and the Department of Science and Technology.

Central database of all SA scholarly journals
Ina Smith

ASSAf has been working with CREST to build a database of all SA scholarly journals, their history, rankings, accreditation status, and more. This database was developed with programming expertise from CREST, while ASSAf provided input on journal details. We hope that this database will address challenges faced on an annual basis, in terms of identifying and finding information about our almost 400 journals. We will heavily rely on editors and other role players to help keep this database up to date. More information on this will be shared soon. It will be updated annually, to accommodate changes informed by the DHET list of accredited journal titles.

Apply for your journal to be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Ina Smith

A webinar was presented to address the requirements for inclusion in the DOAJ. Two very important requirements: only peer-reviewed, open access journals are approved, in addition to other requirements.

ASSAf is of the opinion that – the more scrutiny a journal is subjected to – the better the chances of the journal improving its own profile. We would therefore like to invite you to apply for inclusion in the following indexes:

Quest
Tsêpo Majake

Quest: Science for South Africa is a popular science magazine published by ASSAf. The magazine is used for science promotion, engagement and curriculum support. The articles are contributed by researchers, scholars and practitioners in different science fields. The scholarly publishing unit at ASSAf has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the magazine reaches the length and breadth of this country and abroad particularly in previously disadvantaged communities.

As journal publishing increases and the quality improves, we hope to improve the throughput by exposing the young ones to careers in science and cutting edge research in South Africa, to encourage and expose them to possibilities. We also hope to ensure that we can contextualize content so that they see the application of what they learn in everyday life.

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions regarding any of the above issues mentioned, and we will try our best to assist.

Wishing you all the best for the remainder of the year!

Kind regards

Susan Veldsman
Director: Scholarly Publishing Programme
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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The Scholarly Publishing Programme Team

team

Back: Ina Smith, Msimelelo Dingiswayo, Tyrone Ngonyama, Mohau Moja, Menzi Nhlenyama, Linda Fick

Front: Louise van Heerden, Desré Stead, Mmaphuthi Mashiachidi, Susan Veldsman (Director), Nadine Wubbeling

Absent: Tsêpo Majake

 

Webinar: How to submit a complete and quality DOAJ application, 12 August 2016

How to submit a complete and quality application. A Webinar on the DOAJ.

You are most welcome to share the recording (recorded from the part on where to apply for inclusion) or the slides with others.

Please visit the DOAJ web if you have any more questions. We would like to work with you to make sure your journal remains a trusted, high quality Open Access journal.

Follow-up: Webinar on “Safeguarding Research in South Africa – iThenticate & Crossref Similarity Check”

You are most welcome to view the recording or view the slides on iThenticate & Crossref Similarity Check by Shivendra Naidoo or the slides on using iThenticate & Crossref Similarity Check with ScholarOne (South African Journal of Science) and with Open Journal Systems (OJS) by Nadine Wubbeling. Also share with others who might be interested to learn more.

Please take note of the following important information shared by Shiv:

“CrossCheck (of which iThenticate is part) is intended for Crossref member journals/publishers only, and should only be used to check papers which editors have a reasonable expectation to be published through their eligible publications, assigned a DOI, and deposited in the iThenticate database. CrossCheck users cannot grant access to unauthorised third party users (e.g. students/other staff at their university, not connected with the journal) and the service should not be used for checking material which will not be published and assigned a DOI (e.g. student textbook manuscripts, PhD theses etc.). If users would like to use a service to check the originality of these other publications or theses, they would need to consider purchasing a separate iThenticate account, in addition to their CrossCheck account – and, indeed, Wiley and other publishers do use separate accounts for checking eligible Crossref content, and other publication content, such as textbooks.”