Scholarly Communication in Africa Program

The Internet and new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have changed the way research is being conducted and disseminated. Open access paradigms have challenged the conventional business model of scholarly publishing, offering developing countries an opportunity to make their scholarly contribution more visible.

This grant will allow researchers to work closely with four universities in Southern Africa to test best practices and new affordable business models in online scholarly publishing, including institutional repositories, online journals and digital archives. The project is based on the recognition that a research environment that operates online can broaden the definition of scholarly communication to include not only journals and books as recognized in the traditional scholarly publishing system, but also non-peer-reviewed academic publications and grey literature arising from informal communications such as blogs and wikis. The project will support the emergence of a community of practice in the four universities, and further research on three themes: policy and infrastructure for open access publishing; economic aspects of open access publishing (sustainability, licensing models); and modalities for developing scholarly performance metrics.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

End Date

Sunday, March 30, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Osir, Ellie Onyango

Total funding

CA$ 1,679,800


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Eve Gray


University of Cape Town

Institution Country

South Africa

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