Fwd: [africa-l] Where to find quality research, openly accessible?

28 February, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I am forwarding here a valuable and informative message (from HIFA member Ina Smith) on the Africa discussion forum of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) ( http://infoserv.inist.fr/wwsympa.fcgi/arc/africa-l )

Do you know any researchers who might benefit from this? If so, do forward this to them and invite them to join us: www.hifa.org/joinhifa

Best wishes, Neil (HIFA moderator)


Dear Colleagues

Researchers – in addition to subscription databases - can also access high quality research via the many open access databases/platforms available. Below a few pointers (by far not complete) as to where researchers can find open access research content.


· Zenodo https://zenodo.org/

· Unpaywall https://unpaywall.org/

· ScienceOpen https://www.scienceopen.com/

· List of Open Access databases (Vancouver Island University) https://libguides.viu.ca/db_open

· Listing of Open Access Databases http://www.loadb.org/

Institutional Repositories

Researchers are encouraged to publish research articles as always, with preferred publishers. In addition to publishing their research articles, they are encouraged to also upload a second copy of the published article into the institutions’ institutional repository. The purpose of an IR is to centrally archive all research output by an institution, at the same time increasing the visibility of the institution and the impact it has in addressing research challenges. The following directories provide info on known repositories from all over the world:

· openDOAR: http://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/opendoar/

· The BASE search engine harvests metadata from repositories � see https://www.base-search.net/about/en/

· The Association of African Universities (AAU) has implemented a harvester (DATAD-R) to harvest African repositories. See http://datad.aau.org/


· The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists 12,740 Open Access journals from all over the world. High quality African open access journals are also encouraged to adhere to the requirements, and to apply for inclusion. See https://doaj.org/


· See the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): https://www.doabooks.org/

Data Repositories

· We have identified quite a number of data repositories on the African continent as part of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP). To be published as part of the AOSP landscape study.

· Data repositories are encouraged to register with re3data.org: https://www.re3data.org/

Kind regards

Ina (on behalf of the AOSP Project Team)

Ina Smith

Project Manager: African Open Science Platform

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

DOAJ Ambassador, Southern Africa Region

LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016


Best wishes, Neil

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