Insights from OASPA’s Twitter Chat on Open Access Publishing in the Global South

In our Twitter Q&A with Xin Bi (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University/DOAJ), Ina Smith (Academy of Science of South Africa), Abel Packer (SciELO), and Lars Bjørnshauge (DOAJ), the open access community engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about Open Access publishing in the Global South.

  1. We opened the chat by asking the panel why making research Open Access is so important in the Global South:
  2. @kamelbelhamel asked for a brief overview of the state of Open Access publishing in the Global South:
  3. @kamelbelhamel also wondered how barriers to Open Access in the Global South could be removed.
  4. @PTavner asked what kind of additional resources Open Access researchers should be offering Global South researchers:
  5. And @AJOL_SA wondered about the non-commercial nature of many Global South journals:
  6. Regarding preprints, @ivonnelujano asked about the traditional requirement of journals accepting unpublished manuscripts:
  7. @kamelbelhamel wondered if it was possible to bridge the digital divide through Open Access in the Global South:
  8. Next, we asked if the panelists saw any particular region within Global South as ‘leading the way’ in Open Access:
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