Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value

 

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dc.contributor.author Gray, Eve en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-28T14:08:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-28T14:08:24Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gray, E. 2010. Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value. The African Journal of Information and Communication. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8864
dc.description.abstract This paper reviews, critically, the discourse of research publication policy and the directives of the regional and global organisations that advise African countries with respect to their relevance to African scholarly communication. What emerges is a readiness to use the concepts and language of the public good, making claims for the power of technology to resolve issues of African development. However, when it comes to implementing scholarly publication policies, this vision of technological power and development-focused scientific output is undermined by a reversion to a conservative research culture that relies on competitive systems for valuing and accrediting scholarship, predicated upon the systems and values managed by powerful global commercial publishing consortia. The result is that the policies put in place to advance African research effectively act as an impediment to ambitions for a revival of a form of scholarship that could drive continental growth. While open access publishing models offer solutions to the marginalisation of African research, the paper argues that what is also needed is a re-evaluation of the values that underpin the of scholarly publishing, to better align with the continent's articulated research goals. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher  University of the Witwatersrand en_ZA
dc.rights Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ en_ZA
dc.source The African Journal of Information and Communication en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://ahero.uwc.ac.za/index.php?module=cshe&action=viewtitle&id=cshe_846 en_ZA
dc.title Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Centre for Higher Education Development en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Dean's Office: CHED en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Gray, E. (2010). Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value. <i>The African Journal of Information and Communication</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8864 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Gray, Eve "Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value." <i>The African Journal of Information and Communication</i> (2010) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8864 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Gray E. Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value. The African Journal of Information and Communication. 2010; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8864. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Gray, Eve AB - This paper reviews, critically, the discourse of research publication policy and the directives of the regional and global organisations that advise African countries with respect to their relevance to African scholarly communication. What emerges is a readiness to use the concepts and language of the public good, making claims for the power of technology to resolve issues of African development. However, when it comes to implementing scholarly publication policies, this vision of technological power and development-focused scientific output is undermined by a reversion to a conservative research culture that relies on competitive systems for valuing and accrediting scholarship, predicated upon the systems and values managed by powerful global commercial publishing consortia. The result is that the policies put in place to advance African research effectively act as an impediment to ambitions for a revival of a form of scholarship that could drive continental growth. While open access publishing models offer solutions to the marginalisation of African research, the paper argues that what is also needed is a re-evaluation of the values that underpin the of scholarly publishing, to better align with the continent's articulated research goals. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - The African Journal of Information and Communication LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 SM - 2077-7205 T1 - Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value TI - Access to Africa's knowledge: publishing development research and measuring value UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8864 ER - en_ZA


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