After signing the Berlin Declaration to Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2013, UWC has formulated, discussed and has approved an institutional OA policy on 24 October 2014.
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Open Access Journals
Open Access (OA) journals are scholarly journals that have gone through a peer review process and are available online to the reader at no cost, with unrestricted access. Reuse of results of research is also permitted, thereby accelerating the scientific process. Article processing charges are paid for once by an academic institution, a learned society or a funder, so that payment is not required again for the article. Authors are able to retain copyright when publishing in OA journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has a complete list of OA journals. Currently there are more than 9,700 journals, with 1,609,815 articles available, of which 5,623 are searchable at article level.
Open access publishers expand the access of peer-reviewed research of OA journals. Some well-known international OA publishers are BioMed Central, Public Library of Science, Hindawi and Medknow Publications.
South Africa has an open access, online, searchable, full text journal database, called Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA, which has a collection of peer-reviewed South African scholarly journals. It is managed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), funded by the Department of Science and Technology and endorsed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
UWC has five peer-reviewed open access journals. Two of these journals are accredited by the DHET; namely Law, Democracy & Development (publishing since 1997) and Kronos (publishing since 1979). The three peer reviewed journals are the Journal of Community Health Sciences, Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) and Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA). None of the journals charge article processing fees.
To find out more about OA publishing, read the guide, Open Access and Scholarly Publishing. This guide mentions the criteria that OA publishers have to fulfil to become a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, which promotes best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly works. Authors are also able to evaluate OA publishers by checking if the publisher is on Jeffrey Beall’s list of suspect or predatory publishers.
OA business models
Open access publishing has three different business models, namely gold OA, hybrid OA and delayed OA.
Open access journals are gold OA and publishing costs are supported by revenue other than subscriptions.
Hybrid OA occurs when publishers offer authors the choice to pay for an article to be made openly accessible, within a subscription-based journal. These publishers receive both subscription fees and OA fees, which is often referred to as 'double-dipping'. A list of publishers with paid OA options is available on the Sherpa/Romeo website.
Delayed OA takes place when an article is made available to subscribers for a period of time (often between 6 to 12 months) and thereafter, the article is freely available. This model assumes that the cost of the publication is made up by the initial subscription revenue.
Payment of OA journals
Another method is to consider publishing your current research in an open access journal. This is known as the “Gold Open Access” route. Open access journals are peer reviewed but do not charge readers to access the content. Business models for open access journals vary, with a growing market amongst publishers to charge Article Processing Charges from the publishing author or his/her institution. However, more than half of the nearly 10000 open access journals do not levy authoring fees.
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