International Association of STM Publishers

“Research is inherently collaborative with the sharing of information and expertise essential to advance our collective understanding and knowledge. STM would like to make sharing simple and seamless for academic researchers, enhancing scholarly collaboration, while being consistent with access and usage rights associated with journal articles.

To gain a better understanding of the current landscape of article sharing through scholarly collaboration networks and sites, STM is undertaking an open consultation across the scholarly community. The aims of this consultation are to facilitate discussion by all stakeholders, to establish a core set of principles that maximize this experience for all. Our goal is that publishers and scholarly collaboration networks work together to facilitate sharing which benefits researchers, institutions, and society as a whole.

To initiate the consultation, STM has drafted a set of ‘Voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks’.  Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback and share their views. Suggested questions for submissions are outlined in the section below. Organisations and individuals are also invited to formally express support for these principles.

We envision that this is the first step in an ongoing collaborative process, and invite a wider representation of the scholarly community to help identify and action future steps …”

Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections

Use the link to access the full text article published in the South African Journal of Science, “In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal publishing practices in terms of open access. This case provides the springboard for considering the implications – both positive and negative – of global open access trends for South African – and other – research and researchers. We argue that academics’ engagement with open access and scholarly 

communication debates is in their interests as global networked researchers whose virtual identities and 
online scholarship are now a critical aspect of their professional engagement.”