Open access – potentially further invisibility of African research

Professor Dr. Maria Musoke (University Librarian at Makerere University, Uganda) spoke at the celebration of Phi’s 20th Anniversary in London. One of her major concerns was that low income countries would be forced into the “Green option” – institutional open access repositories. Richer nations may be able to use the “Gold option” whereby publication and open access is paid for in standard journals by the author’s institution or research funder.  She felt that a) authors in less rich countries might want to publish in highly visible journals; b) conversely the research might become invisible if ‘buried’ in institutional repositories.

Reported by Jean Shaw, Phi

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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