WSIS Knowledge Communities discussion on 'Is Open Access Only for Rich Countries?'
- Message from Eve Gray
"Is open access helping to reverse this global divide [in education and
academic research] by increasing the exposure of developing country
research? And what strategies are being used to achieve this goal? ...
There are a number of questions that arise - most cogently, how has this
focus on journals worked for the developing world? Often the rhetoric
for supporting either green or gold OA has been the advantage in getting
higher citation rates in the ISI. Is this what we should be aiming for?
... But also, should we be focusing on journals? If we step away from
developing world practices, what are the real publishing needs that face
Eve Gray wrote the above section introducing the ongoing WSIS Knowledge
Communities discussion on 'Is Open Access Only for Rich Countries?'
The discussion will advance through the next weeks, focusing on the
following issues: translation, co-production and increasing access to
academic materials; importance of OA in producing and sharing of
non-state-supported educational materials; OA in academia and the search
for global prestige; the perverse impact of metrics and rankings;
scholarly knowledge production, sharing and consumption challenges in
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