Bringing Open Access Africa publishing initiative to West Africa

(InformAfrica)BioMed Central recently launched ‘Open Access Africa’, a collection of initiatives designed to increase the output and visibility of scientific research published by African learning institutes. Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, has recently been announced as the first African Foundation Member to participate in the free scheme.

KNUST sits in 13th position amongst African universities on the Webometrics World University Ranking and is the only university in Ghana with an open access institutional repository and fully supports open access research. In addition, BioMed Central and KNUST have partnered to host the Open Access Africa 2011 conference, in conjunction with Computer Aid International, from 25-26 October during International Open Access Week.

Following the success of Open Access Africa 2010, the conference, now in its second year, will discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context and explore the possibilities provided to researchers through the facilitation of scientific and medical information flow. The conference is free to attend but registration is necessary.

Prof. William O. Ellis, Vice Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), commented: ‘As the premier science and technology university in Ghana we believe that research is more valuable when it is shared. The effective communication of research results is an integral part of the research process. We are privileged and highly honoured to be the first Foundation Member of BioMed Central and look forward to working with them in the future.’

More information on how to become a Foundation Member, and the benefits offered with this free service, can be found on our website. Alternatively you can contact Calum Land, Head of Sales, directly.

Aim of Open Access Africa Conference

Open access to the results of scientific and medical research has potential to play an important role in international development, and this conference will discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context, from the perspective of both readers seeking access to information, and researchers seeking to globally communicate the results of their work.

The conference will bring together researchers, librarians, university administrators and funders to discuss the issues surrounding access to scientific and medical research, and the role that open access journals can play.

About Open Access Africa 2011

Open Access Africa 2011, now in its second year, will bring together researchers, librarians and funding bodies to discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context.

Hosted by BioMed Central, in partnership with Computer Aid International

Date: 25 – 26 October 2011
Location: Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

The conference is free to attend but registration will be necessary. To register your interest please contact BioMed Central using the email address below.

More information will be released in the coming months.

Email: oaafrica@biomedcentral.com

Open Access Africa: 2011 initiatives

BioMed Central, the open access publisher, believes that the facilitation of scientific and medical information flow plays an important role in future international social and scientific development. Removing restrictive journal subscription fees challenges inequalities regarding the access to and use of high-quality scientific resources and increases the visibility and impact of research published from low-income countries.

New initiatives being launched in 2011 look to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from across Africa and the wider developing world:

Waiver Scheme

To meet the cost of publishing, authors who publish in our open access journals are required to pay an article-processing charge (APC) per published paper. However, the waiver scheme, operated by BioMed Central, supports researchers in the listed developing countries, enabling authors from these areas to publish their research without incurring the usual APC.

Foundation Membership

Foundation Membership is a free service from BioMed Central that enables institutions in developing countries to demonstrate their commitment and support for open access publishing and offers a range of wider benefits for participating Members.

Open Access Package

BioMed Central’s Open Access Package has been designed to provide a complete and affordable open access solution for institutions in developing countries. The package enables institutions to show their commitment for open access and provides them with the tools to support both open access publishing and self-archiving.

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