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Open Access to Research Seminar: October 24 2011

From Ina Smith, E-Research Repository Manager (SUNScholar), Library and Information Service, University of Stellenbosch

Western Cape, South Africa In the international arena the Open Access Movement has made significant strides with leading universities and research institutions committing to openly sharing its research output. Stellenbosch University has also joined this international cohort of open access advocates and has signed the Berlin Declaration confirming its commitment to openly sharing its research output. During the past year the University has made considerable progress in terms of opening access to information. The University is also actively preserving its research output (research articles, theses, dissertations, etc.) via its institutional repository, SUNScholar, with 14 100+ records listed to date. The University commitment has grown in leaps and bounds culminating in ‘publishing’ journal titles in open access forums using open source software.  The year 2011 has been exceptional for Stellenbosch University in terms of showcasing its commitment to open access and the concomitant showcasing of its research output. Therefore the University has pleasure in inviting you to the launch of fourteen journal titles (of which nine are DoE accredited) that will be published using the open source software, Open Journal Systems (OJS).

OA Week Event Details

Date: 24 October 2011

Time: 14:00-17:30 (UTC+2), Africa/Johannesburg Timezone

Physical venue: JS Gericke Library Auditorium, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa (Directions to University – Campus Map)

Virtual space:

Twitter: #usscholar or @usscholar

This event forms part of activities worldwide in support of open access to information, celebrated during Open Access Week 24 - 28 October 2011. The programme for the day will focus on publishing in open access journals, and the Library and Information Service is fortunate enough to have international experts on open access, Professors Stevan Harnad . Prof Stevan Harnad will do a virtual interactive presentation on Open Access as well as  Dr Eve Gray (Open Access Activist, UCT). Issues such as  publishing in open access journals, copyright, intellectual property, authors’ rights, the quality of the peer-review process, and many more will be discussed. You are invited to celebrate the above achievements with us, and to join us for the social event afterwards. We are looking forward to you attending this seminar!

Kindly RSVP on or before 24 October 2011 – please register by completing the online form (please use Firefox or Chrome, and not Internet Explorer).